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Genealogy of Christ, in an Abridgement of the Bible

Genealogy of Christ, in an Abridgement of the Bible

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Faustina B VII

Item number: f. 51v

Length: 25.7

Width: 16.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

This manuscript contains an abridgement of the Bible which encapsulates the history and generations of men and women presented in the Old and New Testaments and gives moralising interpretations of them. Many of the pages are set out with diagrams showing the sequence of events and God's actions within them. This abridgement has been traditionally attributed to Peter of Poitiers, who was professor of theology at the University of Paris in the late 12th to early 13th centuries, but it is far from certain that he really wrote it.

The abridgement also has a genealogy of Christ. This page show its culmination in the Virgin and Christ, with his life depicted in small round scenes arranged chronologically. The text on either side puts his life in a biblical and historical context. To the right the Roman emperors are coordinated chronologically with the sequence of pictures of Christ. On the left, an elaborate network of names surrounded by texts reminds the reader of the biblical events and names contemporary with the pictures.

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