Ninth Century Fragments
Although Christians regarded Scripture with the highest respect, they
did not venerate the physical book itself in perpetuity. When a Bible
became worn from use, a new copy would be made, and the old one might
be recycled—perhaps cut up and used to reinforce the binding of
a new Bible. This leaf, which has been cut in half, was salvaged from
the binding of another book, where it appears to have been used for pastedowns.
The Bible from which the leaf was cut was clearly a very large one. Dating
from the ninth century, this bisected leaf is among the oldest Latin artifacts
in the holdings of Cornell’s Rare and Manuscript Collections.
Bible Fragments, Book of Genesis. France (Tours),
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