"Upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound, even in heaven. And whatever you shall release on earth shall be released, even in heaven.”
EXTRAORDINARY LEAF (c. 1250) FROM AN ITALIAN POCKET BIBLE WITH MAGNIFICENT CONTENT AND INTRICATE SCRIPT.
50 lines of text in each of 2 columns on both sides written in Latin gothic script with brown ink on animal vellum. Rubricated chapter numbers in red and blue. Recto includes 1 double-line illuminated initial in red and blue; red marginal penwork extending from initial. Verso includes 2 double-line illuminated initials in red and blue; red and blue marginal penwork extending from initials. The text is from Matthew 14:9–17:11.
Bologna (probably): c. 1250. Size: 197 x 130 mm (approx. 7.8 x 5.1 inches). A little natural toning but otherwise fine.
English translation of the Latin (excerpted):
Matthew 14 (The Return of the Twelve and the Feeding of the Five Thousand, The Walking on Water, The Healings at Gennesaret)
And when evening had arrived, His disciples approached Him, saying: “…Dismiss the crowds, so that, by going into the towns, they may buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said to them: “They have no need to go. Give them something to eat yourselves.” They answered Him, “We have nothing here, except five loaves and two fish.” He said to them, “Bring them here to me.” And…He took the five loaves and the two fish, and gazing up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the bread to the disciples, and then the disciples to the multitudes. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up the remnants: twelve baskets full of fragments.
Jesus promptly compelled His disciples to climb into the boat, and to precede Him in crossing the sea, while He dismissed the crowds. And having dismissed the multitude, He ascended alone onto a mountain to pray…But in the midst of the sea, the boat was being tossed about by the waves…Then, in the fourth watch of the night, He came to them, walking upon the sea. And seeing Him walking upon the sea, they were disturbed…And they cried out, because of fear. And immediately, Jesus spoke to them, saying: “Have faith. It is I. Do not be afraid.” Then Peter responded by saying, “Lord, if it is you, order me to come to you over the waters.” And He said, “Come.” And Peter, descending from the boat, walked over the water, so as to go to Jesus…And as he began to sink, he cried out, saying: “Lord, save me.” And immediately Jesus extended His hand and took hold of him. And He said to him, “O little in faith, why did you doubt?”…Then those who were in the boat drew near and adored Him, saying: “Truly, you are the Son of God.”
And when the men of that place had recognized Him, they…brought to Him all who had maladies. And they petitioned Him, so that they might touch even the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made whole.
Matthew 15 (The Tradition of the Elders, The Canaanite Woman’s Faith, The Healing of Many People, The Feeding of the Four Thousand)
He said: “Every plant which has not been planted by my heavenly Father shall be uprooted. Leave them alone. They are blind, and they lead the blind. But if the blind are in charge of the blind, both will fall into the pit.” And responding, Peter said to Him, “Explain this parable to us.” But He said: “…Do you not understand that everything that enters into the mouth goes into the gut, and is cast into the sewer? But what proceeds from the mouth, goes forth from the heart, and those are the things that defile a man..."
And behold, a woman of Canaan, going out from those parts, cried out, saying to Him: “Take pity on me, Lord, Son of David. My daughter is badly afflicted by a demon.” And responding, He said, “It is not good to take the bread of the children and cast it to the dogs.” But she said, “Yes, Lord, but the young dogs also eat from the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus, responding, said to her: “O woman, great is your faith. Let it be done for you just as you wish.”
And ascending onto a mountain, He sat down there. And great multitudes came to Him, having with them the mute, the blind, the lame, the disabled, and many others. And they cast them down at His feet, and He cured them…And they magnified the God of Israel.
And Jesus, calling together His disciples, said: “I have compassion on the crowds, because they have persevered with me now for three days, and they do not have anything to eat. And I am not willing to dismiss them…” And the disciples said to Him: “From where, then, in the desert, would we obtain enough bread to satisfy so a great multitude?” And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves of bread do you have?” But they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.” And He instructed the crowds to recline upon the ground. And taking the seven loaves and the fish, and giving thanks, He broke and gave to His disciples, and the disciples gave to the people. And they all ate and were satisfied. And, from what was left over of the fragments, they took up seven full baskets.
Matthew 16 (The Demand for a Sign, The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees, Peter’s Confession about Jesus, The First Prediction of the Passion, The Conditions of Discipleship)
And Pharisees and Sadducees approached Him to test him, and they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. But He responded by saying to them: "An evil and adulterous generation seeks a sign. And a sign shall not be given to it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah.”
When His disciples went across the sea, they forgot to bring bread. And He said to them, “Consider and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” But they were thinking within themselves, saying, “It is because we have not brought bread.” Then Jesus, knowing this, said: “…Do you not yet understand, nor remember, the five loaves among the five thousand men, and how many containers you took up? Or the seven loaves among the four thousand men, and how many baskets you took up? Why do you not understand that it was not because of bread that I said to you: Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees?”
Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter responded by saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And in response, Jesus said to Him: “Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father, who is in heaven. And I say to you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound, even in heaven. And whatever you shall release on earth shall be released, even in heaven.”
From that time, Jesus began to reveal to His disciples that it was necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, and to suffer much from the elders and the scribes and the leaders of the priests, and to be killed, and to rise again on the third day.
Then Jesus said to His disciples: “If anyone is willing to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever would save his life, will lose it. But whoever will have lost his life for my sake, shall find it. For how does it benefit a man, if he gains the whole world, yet truly suffers damage to his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 17 (The Transfiguration of Jesus, The Coming of Elijah)
Jesus took Peter and James and his brother John, and He led them onto a lofty mountain separately. And He was transfigured before them. And His face shined brightly like the sun. And His garments were made white like snow. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, speaking with him…And behold, there was a voice from the cloud, saying: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”
And as they were descending from the mountain, Jesus instructed them, saying, “Tell no one about the vision, until the Son of man has risen from the dead.” And His disciples questioned him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that it is necessary for Elijah to arrive first?” But in response, He said to them: “Elijah, indeed, shall arrive and restore all things..."
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