Johannes Scotus Erigena. Evangelium S. Lucae.

  • Johannes Scotus Erigena. Evangelium S. Lucae.
  • Trinity College Cambridge
  • St. Luke’s Gospels translated by John Scotus Erigena.  He is generally recognized to be both the outstanding philosopher of the Carolingian era. Erigena's uniqueness lies in the fact that, quite remarkably for a scholar in Western Europe in the Carolingian era, he had considerable familiarity with the Greek language.
  • At the bottom of f.1 is an erasure. Wood ap. Tanner speaks of an ancient MS. of the De divisione naturae as being in the Hereford Library. Is this the Hereford MS.? The book is a very rare one. 
  • Two volumes. In two exceedingly good hands. I. In double columns of 54 lines: a fine close hand. Initials mostly in red or green, and quite plain. Rubrics usually in small capitals. II. Single lines, 33 to a page. In a very fine large black round minuscule. Written in paragraphs with a plain coloured initial at the beginning of each: red, purple, blue, and green occur. The initials to Prologue and text are large and very plain, in red. My impression is that this part of the volume was written at the same place as the first part. 
  • 37.5 cm  x 25 cm
  • Vellum
  • Written in Latin
  • 12th Century
  • Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738.Marked A. 21.
  • On 12 May 1365 the abbot of Malmesbury received back from the abbot of Glastonbury two books, one Isidore, De naturis rerum, with twelve other tracts, the other 'Perifiseon Iohannis Scoti' (i.e. Peri physeon, or De diuisione nature) with the gospel of St Luke, which Roger Swynshead had borrowed (BL MS Arundel 2, fol. 80v). The contents marry with this manuscript; the work is otherwise rare.
  • William of Malmesbury claimed that Iohannes Scotus was buried at Malmesbury.
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  • Shelfmark O.5.20
  • James Number 1301
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