The Bible as Book:

The Bible as Book:

From The Dead Sea Scrolls to Gideon's Bibles

Discovery through Fore-Edge Paintings

For this post, I really wanted to delve further into the provenance of these texts. Luckily for me, my Bible and prayer book have hand-inscribed notes at the front of both texts noting outright that the pair was given as a wedding gift, as well as both the giver and the recipient. The Bible and… (read more)

Plaskitt Family Bible and Investigating Corinthians

Starting with the Italian bible, in a previous post I asked the question of why has this book been rebound with these two sections in particular. Without looking closely at the pages themselves, it could be supposed that when the bible was originally taken apart, it was one section of pages bound together and was… (read more)

The Relation of the Gothic to the Scottish Bible

As mentioned in my previous blog post, the Scottish Bible has a double fore-edge painting of views from the German Rhine river, specifically the cities of Cologne and Heidelberg. The image of Cologne Cathedral in the fore-edge painting is particularly interesting because it features the completed cathedral which was not finished until 1880, fifty years… (read more)

Handwritten Marginalia: Personalized Connections to the Past

My interest in the Fogny Bible continues in today’s blog post. One especially intriguing aspect of the Fogny Bible is the presence of handwritten marginalia, or notes, littered throughout the book. The reason I am so interested in the marginalia is because it personalizes an otherwise impersonal object. Handwritten marginalia and other marks, such as… (read more)

Suzanne Moore: Painter of the Saint John’s Bible

Presented by the Fine Arts Department of Loyola University Maryland, students enjoyed a lecture at Loyola Notre Dame Library by Saint John’s Bible artist, Suzanne Moore.  Moore talked about the paintstaking twelve-year creation process of the Saint John’s Bible; the first illuminated, handwritten Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery in 500 years.  The artists focused… (read more)

Notes on a well traveled Scottish Bible

Another King James Bible in the collection is the Holy Bible including The Psalms of David in Metre, a text extremely similar to the Bible I mentioned in my previous post, but also quite different; namely, that one is from Edinburg, Scotland, while the other is from London, England. Therefore, the Scottish Bible in conversation… (read more)

The Accessibility of the Bible

As we move further through the semester, I am finding the dichotomy between manuscripts and modern, mass-printed Bibles extremely interesting. Over the course of a couple centuries, the landscape for these texts changed entirely. Bibles were not as ornate as they once were, or being sent to several different vendors for various adornments (bindings, jeweling,… (read more)

Investigating Corinthians

Taking a break from the Plaskitt Bible, the other “bible” that I chose to work on is not a complete bible at all. It is only I Corinthians and II Corinthians that were taken out of the original binding and rebound together. When you first see it, it is underwhelming. It is a thin, plain… (read more)