The Rabbula Gospels
Evangelia characteribus Syriacis exarata
Syria, 6th Century

folio 4r,
Canon Table with the Prophets Samuel and Joshua
and the Annunciation to the Virgin




The Rabbula Gospels folio 4r, detail with Joshua, Syria, 6th Century
The Rabbula Gospels folio 4r, detail with the Angel of the Annunciation, Syria, 6th Century
This manuscript is composed of a number of parts. The Gospels text was written in the convent of Bet Mar Yohannan of Zagba, Northern Syria, by Rabbula in 586AD
The first 14 folios, containing the illuminations, is probably from Syria, but not necessarily from a Syriac work, in the 6th century. Syriac captions were added latter. The two were joined sometime between the end of the fourteenth century and the second half of the fifteenth. The third part is ten paper folios (fols. 15–19); written in the twelth century, they carry liturgical pericopes. There was some overpainting of miniatures or folios 13 and 14, perhaps in the 15th or 16th century in Italy. Folio 13r now has perspective.
Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Firenze. Plut.01.56

References: The Rabbula Gospels. Margoneetho: Syriac Orthodox Resources
The Miniatures in the Rabbula Gospels Massimo Bernaḅ

From the same manuscript:
The Rabbula Gospels folio 13r, The Crucifixion and the Holy Women at the Sepulchre, Syria, 6th Century



See also:
Byzantine soldiers on the Throne of Archbishop Maximian of Ravenna, Constantinople or Alexandria, 545–553AD
6th-7th century Romans in the Ashburnham Pentateuch
Byzantine plates of the reign of Herakleios with biblical characters in Roman costume & armour, early 7th century
The Syriac Bible of Paris, BnF MS. Syriaque 341, Syria or Turkey, 7th Century
Ancient Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
Other Byzantine Costume & Soldiers
Index of Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers



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