Biblia Sacra – 1250 – 1 MACCABEES 3-5




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1 MACCABEES 3:42-5:2. “Hanukkah – Festival of Lights / Feast of Dedication”. Manuscript, 7.6″ x 5.4″, handwritten and illuminated in England, c.1250, on fine vellum. FINE+ condition. Nice margins but cropped headlines (1 MA, CA 1); smear on recto, half into text. Clean and sharp ink. Several scribal notes or corrections, in margins (see pics). Two (2) ink colored initials in RED and BLUE w. scrolling flags or sprites.

Text recounts Judah Maccabee’s victory over the Seleucid general Lysias in 165 BCE, and the eight-day rededication of the hastily rebuilt altar of the Temple in which  the Temple lights (menorah) were kept lit for eight days. This is the only scriptural mention of this Feast (Hanukkah = “dedication”), except in passing at John 10:22. The later Rabbis, in the Talmud, c.200, recount that this event, Hanukkah, was occasioned by a miracle in which the lamp remained lit for eight days despite it being oiled only once.

COA on premium “gold leaf” paper. Manuscript and COA set in a Medium museum-quality Bifold Portfolio, approx. 12″ x 9″. Note that the majority of manuscripts are of smaller size, about 6″ x 4″, and are found under the Trifold Portfolio Category.

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Bible / Date

Biblia Sacra / 1250-1350




7.6" x 5.4""