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Prologue to Acca, Bishop of Hexham, In A 'Commentary On Luke' By Bede

Prologue to Acca, Bishop of Hexham, In A 'Commentary On Luke' By Bede

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1130

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 2204

Item number: f.2r

Length: 31.7

Width: 20.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Bede is most well-known for his 'History of the English Church and People', but he wrote many other books that were well-read in the middle ages. He was famous for his commentaries on books of the Bible. This manuscript has a copy of his 'Commentary On Luke'. One of the secrets of his success as an author was his ability to organise and present complex ideas clearly. Excerpting from earlier Christian authors, such as Augustine and Jerome, his book on the Gospel of Luke compiles related themes to enrich the understanding of post-biblical theologians. The manuscript belonged to the library of the Benedictine monastery at Reading. Ownership by a monastery would be typical for a copy of this book. It would have been used by theologians in their Bible study. Bede begins with an address to his patron, Acca, bishop of Hexham. He explains that he has written the commentary in response to Acca's request for one that easier to understand than that written by Ambrose in the 5th century. On this page two post-Reformation owners inscribed their names. Thomas Fytton may be the same T. Fitton of Siddington who died in 1599, and Philip Mainwaringe is recorded as residing in Over-Peover until his death in 1649.

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