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Illuminated Manuscript, Gospel Lectionary, Readings from the Gospel of Matthew, Walters Manuscript W.520, fol. 50r | by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts
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Illuminated Manuscript, Gospel Lectionary, Readings from the Gospel of Matthew, Walters Manuscript W.520, fol. 50r

This is an example of a Gospel Lectionary written in the archaic, majuscule form of Greek letters. Liturgical books were inherently conservative and therefore apt to retain such antiquated writing. The scribe, a certain monk Theodore, has recorded his name in a verse at the end of the volume (fol. 179v). A leaf removed from this manuscript ca. 1900 is now in Sofia (National Library of Bulgaria, Greek MS 2).

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Taken on December 3, 2012