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Spanish Manuscripts – “Lost Medieval Bibles Found at Hill Museum & Manuscript Library”

Spanish Manuscripts – “Lost Medieval Bibles Found at Hill Museum & Manuscript Library”

“Complete microfilms of two early medieval Spanish Bibles dating from the 9th and 10th century that were damaged or destroyed during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) have been found in the microfilm vault of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML), in Minnesota. Before the discovery of the microfilms, scholars thought the two Bibles, known as Codex Complutensis I and Codex Complutensis II, survived only in fragments or in one or two slides.”

“The two manuscript Bibles, which belong to the Library of the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, are considered important examples of Mozarabic art, a style that combined Visigothic and Muslim elements and was produced by Christian communities who lived under Muslim rule after the Muslims conquered Spain in 711. The decoration of the manuscripts shows such Arabic influences as zoomorphic initials and Arabic arches.“

“Cardinal Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros was one of the most learned persons of the Renaissance whose influence on biblical scholarship is immeasurable” said HMML’s acting director Father Michael Patella, OSB. “For HMML to have the world’s only known copy of a biblical text that played such an important role in his Complutensian Polyglot Bible exemplifies the unparalleled value of HMML’s mission. We are all proud and deeply happy to be a part of this important find.”

>>> Medievalists.net

>>> Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML)

Published since 30 Jul 2010

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