History of Orthodoxy

July 03, 2015 (Source: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk)

The psalter, a copy of the Psalms designed for personal or liturgical uses, was an important text in Byzantinum, particularly in monastic life. Among the many copies of this text surviving down to the present day are marginal psalters, which contain illuminations in the margins of the folios. Several important marginal psalters survive, such as the Barberini, Paris, and Bristol Psalters, all of which can be appreciated for their impressive decoration.

Add MS 19352, the Theodore Psalter, is perhaps the most richly decorated psalter to survive, with 440 marginal illustrations, and we have just updated the catalogue to include a description of every miniature in the manuscript. Nearly every folio contains illustration, and the title and first initial of every verse are in gold.

These illustrations range widely in their content, as each tries to imagine the most important elements of the Psalm. Specific lines referred to are often linked to the images by means of red or blue lines. The manuscript includes some graphic depictions of God’s wrath.

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July 3, 2015

11th Century Byzantine Theodore Psalter

July 03, 2015 (Source: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk) The psalter, a copy of the Psalms designed for personal or liturgical uses, was an important text in Byzantinum, particularly in monastic […]
July 3, 2015

St. Conall’s (6th Century) Bell Returns to Donegal

July 03, 2015  (Source: http://irisharchaeology.ie) Exciting news from Donegal, where the County Museum have just announced that St. Conall Cael’s Bell is returning to the county for […]
June 4, 2015

Bulgarian Government to Restore Ancient Monastery of St. John the Forerunner

June 04, 2015 (Source http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com) [Originally reported on May 27] Bulgaria’s Cabinet has allocated BGN 800,000 (app. EUR 409,000) for completing the restoration of the Early Christian […]
June 2, 2015

On the Two Natures of Christ by St. John of Damascus

June 02, 2015  (Source: http://www.orthodox.net/fathers) [For additional and more contemporary material dealing with Monophysitism in its various forms and fundamental Orthodox opposition to those who reject the […]