Information Update - Spring 2014
Lindisfarne Gospels Facsimile Added to Special Collections
- The Weinberg Memorial Library Special Collections recently received an extraordinary gift in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Library. Dr. Midori Yamanouchi, Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Board Member, provided funding for the acquisition of a fine art facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels. The original Lindisfarne Gospels is at the British Library in London and is one of the most important and best-preserved early medieval manuscripts.
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- The Lindisfarne Gospels is an illuminated manuscript gospel book created approximately 715-720 AD in a monastery at Lindisfarne off the coast of England. It is considered one of the best early versions of St. Jerome's Latin Vulgate. The Lindisfarne Gospels also includes an interlinear Old English translation of the Gospels. This word-for-word English gloss was added to the Gospels around 950-970 AD. It is the oldest known translation of the Gospels into English.
- The fine art facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels was produced in 2002 by Faksimile Verlag of Luzern Switzerland, a company that specializes in the highest quality reproductions of liturgical medieval manuscripts. The facsimile was produced in cooperation with the British Library using state of the art digital photographic technology.
- In 1996, the Weinberg Memorial Library was given a fine art facsimile copy of the Book of Kells (ca 800 AD) by dean emeritus Charles Buckley and also produced by Faksimile Verlag Luzern. This facsimile has been on exhibit and used for teaching purposes repeatedly in the 17 years that it has been at the University of Scranton. Adding the facsimile Lindisfarne Gospels to Weinberg Library gives us the opportunity to teach with and exhibit fine art facsimiles of the two greatest Gospel manuscripts from the medieval Anglo-Saxon world. Michael Knies