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Letters of Jude the Apostle, in Bede's 'Commentary on the Catholic Epistles'

Letters of Jude the Apostle, in Bede's 'Commentary on the Catholic Epistles'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1150

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3864

Item number: f.87v

Length: 27.5

Width: 19

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The best-selling house author of the monastery of Monkwearmouth-Jarrow, the Venerable Bede (c. 672-735) is most well-known for his 'History of the English Church and People.' He wrote a number of biblical commentaries as well, including one on the Catholic Epistles. This copy belonged to the library of Durham Cathedral, where his tomb is still located. On this page, the commentary on the Letters of James ends, as indicated by the title in red with first letter green ("explicit"), and the Letters of Jude the Apostle begin ("incipit"). The text of the letters of Jude begin with a large, colourful first letter, an aid to medieval students and teachers in locating the commentary on Jude. The page presents other kinds of aids for the reader. A librarian has added marginal notes as a kind of running subject index:, such as the note on the left, pointing out the text on judgement and damnation.

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