Mich. Ms. 22, Gospel Book, 11th-12th century A.D.
A manuscript on vellum containing the four Gospels in Greek, this book is a Byzantine monastic product from the eleventh or twelfth century. The writing is minuscule and the words are separated. The colorful miniatures, in a somewhat flat style, reflect their Byzantine origins. A miniature depicting the Evangelist Luke is shown.
The Papyrology Collection
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