The Bible of the Poor (Duquesne University Press) (Paperback)

Translation and commentary by Albert C. Labriola and John W. Smeltz

ID: 1501866

ISBN: 9780820702308

Format: Print Only

Price: $25.00


This first inexpensive edition of The Bible of the Poor reprints a copy of a block-book in the British Library. Popular from the twelfth to the fifteenth century, The Bible of the Poor was a manual used by friars to instruct the common folk in the fundamentals of the faith. The 40-leaf book presents 120 pictures interrelating the Old and New Testaments, pertinent verses from Scripture, and interpretations by the anonymous compiler. The text is in Latin, but transcriptions and translations into English are provided; a detailed commentary highlights the medieval method of interpreting Scripture. As a handbook of biblical illustration and interpretation, The Bible of the Poor is an invaluable resource in studying the various forms of religious art and literature, including illuminated manuscripts, painting, sculptures, stained glass, medieval drama and devotional poetry. It is also a handbook for meditation and spirituality.