Cover of the Codex Aureus  c870
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek


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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