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Parable Of The Lost Son, In A 'Commentary On Luke' By Bede

Parable Of The Lost Son, In A 'Commentary On Luke' By Bede

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1130

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 2204

Item number: f.127v

Length: 31.7

Width: 19.5

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. Drawing upon earlier commentaries on the Gospel of Luke by authors such as Augustine and Jerome, he compiles and links together excerpts on 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. The pages of the book are clearly laid out, with aids for the reader. The 'book' or part number is given at the top of the page. Citations of the gospel are marked with their first letters in red (contrasting with green for sections of the commentary) and symbols in the margin by each line. On this page, at the end of 'Book IV', Bede comments on the parable of the lost son (Luke 15). The beginning of each 'book' indicated with a large decorated letter, as well as notes of the end of the previous book and beginning of the next, as seen here for books iv and v.

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