GE'EZ & AMHARIC BIBLE

MS 1971
MS Short Title GE'EZ & AMHARIC BIBLE
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  1. BIBLE: GOSPELS
  2. GÄBRÄ HEYWÄT: LIBRARY CATALOGUE AND INVENTORIES OF TREASURY OF THE CHURCH OF GEFU´ GIYORGIS, INCLUDING: 2 GOSPELS, 2 LIVES OF ST. GEORGE, 2 MISSALS, 1 BOOK OF HOURS, 1 COPTIC BOOK OF HOURS, 1 COLLECTION OF MALKE, 1 BOOK OF THE BAPTISMAL SERVICE; DURING THE PERIOD OF THE OFFICE OF MANDÄRSO SAHLU AND THE TREASURESHIP OF BWADEHA SAHLU
  3. INVENTORY OF THE POSSESSIONS OF THE CHURCH OF GEFU´ GIYORGIS, RECEIVED DURING THE PERIOD OF THE OFFICE OF QESÄ GÄBÄZ ASSÄGGAHAN, INCLUDING 1 BOOK OF THE FUNERAL SERVICES, THE BOOK OF HOURS SOLD
  4. RECORD: THE DAY WHEN THE PEOPLE OF DÄRÄBÉ HAD GONE ON CAMPAIGN, AND ATO YETBARÄK TÄGÄNNÄ OVERCAME THEM AND CAME BACK, HE HAD DEPOSITED IN THE CHURCH FOR THE MEMORY OF HIS ANCESTORS A COPY OF THE FOUR GOSPELS
  5. INVENTORY OF THE POSSESSIONS OF THE CHURCH OF GEFU´ GIYORGIS, RECEIVED DURING THE TREASURESHIP OF ABBA GÄBRÄ HEYWÄT, INCLUDING 1 MISSAL, 1 MIRACLES OF JESUS, AN OLD AND A NEW TESTAMENT WRITTEN ON PAPER, AND 200 FURTHER ITEMS
  6. INVENTORY OF THE LAND, BOOKS AND OTHER POSSESSIONS BELONGING TO THE CLERGY AND DEACONS OF THE CHURCH OF GEFU´ GIYORGIS, INCLUDING 1 GOSPELS, 1 LIFE OF ST. GEORGE, 1 FUNERAL SERVICE BOOK, AND 1 HOMILIES OF ST. MICHAEL
Description MS in Ge'ez and Amharic (texts 2-6) on vellum, Ethiopia, 1519/1520, 157 ff. (complete), 33x26 cm, 2 columns, (22x17 cm), 25-33 lines in Ethiopic Ge'ez book script, section headings in red, elaborate ornamental headpiece (haräg) at the beginning of each gospel and within the text, 4 full-page miniatures of the evangelists in pale tones of red, green, blue and yellow.
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Provenance 1. Emperor Lebnä Dengel (1520); 2. Church of Gefu´ Giyorgis (1520-); 3. Sam Fogg Rare Books Ltd.
Commentary Colophon: This book belongs to the church of Gefu´ Giyorgis, and was given by Emperor Lebnä Dengel. The clergy and deaconal lands are As'egbi, Agäwit, Ezbo, Kumbet, Gagatit and Gafatit, Abba Zämo, Matänt Markos, Awiyo, Waro, A'eyenté, Ayälé, Wängélé, Tämo, Bäzéto, Bergano. 2 crosses, 2 sistra, 2 handbells, 3 mantles, 4 shirts, 1 paten, 1 copy of the Homilies of St. Michael. This is the total of the sacred possessions of Gefu´ Giyorgis.
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Place of origin Ethiopia
Dates 1519 / 1520 AD

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