ORIGEN: HOMILIES ON GENESIS & EXODUS

MS 021
MS Short Title ORIGEN: HOMILIES ON GENESIS & EXODUS
Text ORIGENES: HOMILIES ON GENESIS AND EXODUS. TRANSLATED BY RUFINUS
Description MS in Latin on vellum, Wilhering, Austria, 2nd half of 12th c., 126 ff. (complete), 26x17 cm, single column (20x12 cm), 28 lines in a bold square late Romanesque book script by 2 scribes, 17 large decorated initials in interlaced designs, trial sketches of Romanesque ornament, full-page drawing of a double-headed dragon.
Binding Austria, Lambach Abbey, 14th-15th c., white tawed leather over wooden boards sewn on 3 thongs, original tab at the top of the spine, 2 clasps, medieval title-label and shelfmark "B 29".
Context

MS 2634/3 is Origenes: Commentary in Genesis 1:14, 4th c., on papyrus. The initial style is closely related to manuscripts like Cod. 128 in Wilhering or Cod. 863 in Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.

Provenance 1. Cistercian abbey of Wilhering, near Linz, Austria (2nd half of 12th c.); 2. Benedictine Abbey of Lambach, Austria (2nd half of 12th c. - ca. 1920/30); 3. Sotheby´s 26.6.1987:74. Deaccession May 2010.
Commentary The homilies of Origen (ca. 185-254) were translated from Greek to Latin very early by Rufinus (ca. 345-410). The celebrated Abbey of Lambach, close to Salzburg was founded in the 11th c. Wilhering is a cistercian abbey nearby Linz in Upper Austria, founded around 1146. Both still exist as a monasteries. The spine tabs are for lifting the book out of the book chest.
Exhibited Oslo Katedralskole 850 år, Jubileumsutstilling 10. - 14. March 2003.
Place of origin Austria
Dates 2nd half 12c AD

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