the Codex Aureus c870
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The Codex Aureus
It was made for the Charles the Bald at his palace school about 870 and then given to Arnulf, who in turn gave it to St Emmeram.
At the centre of the cover appears
Christ in Majesty seated on the globe of the world and holding on his
knee a book inscribed with the words "I am the way, and the truth, and
the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me (John 14:6)." The
inclusion of this inscription again identifies the Gospel Book with
Christ. The verse makes equal sense if we read the speaker as Christ or
as the Gospel Book.
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13 September 2005
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