From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book


Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistles
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This commentary on the Pauline epistles experiments with a format that was intended to ease the burden on the reader. The page is open to the beginning of the commentary on St. Paul’s letter to Titus. Here the text of the Bible itself appears in large characters in a central column on each page; brief interpretive comments, or "glosses," are written between the lines, while longer remarks appear in the margins. The comments correspond to those of the Glossa ordinaria, or "Standard Gloss" of interpretations of the Church fathers that was compiled in the twelfth century.

Purchased in 1877 by A.D. White.

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Glosses on St. Paul’s Epistles. Italy, 12th century.
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