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Canones: The Art of Harmony : The Canon Tables of the Four Gospels

By: Bausi, Alessandro(Edited by) Reudenbach, Bruno(Edited by) Wimmer, Hanna(Edited by)

Part of the Studies in Manuscript Cultures series
3110625768 / 9783110625769
Published 21/09/2020
210 x 280 mm 245 pages, 106 Illustrations, color; 47 Illustrations, black and white
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The so-called 'Canon Tables' of the Christian Gospels are an absolutely remarkable feature of the early, late antique, and medieval Christian manuscript cultures of East and West, the invention of which is commonly attributed to Eusebius and dated to first decades of the fourth century AD.

Intended to host a technical device for structuring, organizing, and navigating the Four Gospels united in a single codex - and, in doing so, building upon and bringing to completion previous endeavours - the Canon Tables were apparently from the beginning a highly complex combination of text, numbers and images, that became an integral and fixed part of all the manuscripts containing the Four Gospels as Sacred Scripture of the Christians and can be seen as exemplary for the formation, development and spreading of a specific Christian manuscript culture across East and West AD 300 and 800. In the footsteps of Carl Nordenfalk's masterly publication of 1938 and few following contributions, this book offers an updated overview on the topic of 'Canon Tables' in a comparative perspective and with a precise look at their context of origin, their visual appearance, their meaning, function and their usage in different times, domains, and cultures.


1F Asia, DSB Literary studies: general, HRAX History of religion, HRC Christianity, HRCG Biblical studies & exegesis

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