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Self-Portrait of a Bible: The Ezra Image of Codex Amiatinus

Watson, Francis Benedict

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Dating from the early 8th century and created in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria, Codex Amiatinus is the oldest intact single-volume Bible in any language. Within its extensive prefatory material is an image of Ezra, the scribe who according to legend rewrote the whole of the Old Testament, while behind him stands a large open book cupboard in which nine volumes of the scriptures are displayed. In this paper, I will argue that this image depicts a tension between two versions of the Old Testament that the compilers of the codex have had to resolve. In the image, this Bible represents itself as the product of the decisions that have gone into its making.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 3, 2022
Online Publication Date Jun 8, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Jul 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 18, 2022
Journal Religions
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 6
Article Number 530
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