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Augustine's 'The Harmony Of The Gospels'

Augustine's 'The Harmony Of The Gospels'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1190

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 3775

Item number: f.2r

Length: 28.5

Width: 18.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

The Gospels, written by the Four Evangelists, provide overlapping accounts of Christ's life. Some events are recorded in only one Gospel; others in more than one, and some of these seem to be contradictory. Several early Christian and medieval writers therefore composed works which combined and harmonised the differing accounts, including this one written St. Augustine in the year 400. This manuscript was certainly owned by Westminster Abbey, and was possibly also written there.

Late in life, Augustine wrote his 'Retractions', in which he retracted or modified some of the things he had written before. It is not uncommon for medieval manuscripts to be preceded by a relevant excerpt from his 'Retractions', as a sort of preface, as here.

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