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Beinecke MS 447 Spain, s. X^^1
Unidentified Theological Commentary (bifolium)
f. 1r text virtually illegible; f. 1v-2v //similia de scribturis sacris dei
domino plurima inuenies dicta. Iratus enim deus...[passage on f. 2r:] Duo
enim seruorum genera in scripturis inueniuntur diuinis. Unum bonorum alium
uero malorum. Bonorum de quibus dominus per esayam dicit: Ecce serui mei
comedent et uos esurietis...[Isaiah 65.13-14]. Et quibus dominus in euangelio
ait; Euge serue bone et fidelis...[Matthew 25. 21 and 23]. Multorum autem
genus seruorum est de quibus scriptum est...[f. 2v much rubbed; conclusion:]
uitam eternam. gaudium plenum et sempiternam. Ubi est certa securitas
Unidentified text that discusses the nature of man's hereditas
("christus est hereditas nostra") and the distinction between serui boni
and serui mali (perhaps referring to Luke 12:42?); text appears to be
continuous. P. Meyvaert believes that the text is by an author who knew Isidore
well, since Etymologiae 10. 131 is quoted.
Parchment, ff. 2 (bifolium), 270 x 203 (222 x 140) mm., 2 columns, 30 lines.
Ruled in hard point on hair side; narrowly spaced double vertical bounding
lines; prickings between two columns. Written in upright Visigothic minuscule
(see B. A. Shailor, "Corrections and Additions to the Catalogue of Visigothic
Manuscripts," Scriptorium 32 (1978) pp. 310-11). Traces of small, 2-line,
decorative initial and rubric on f. 1r. Removed from a binding: ff. 1r and 2v
much damaged with loss of text.
Written probably in Northern Spain in the first half of the 10th century.
"1612" and "Civ: 1612" written several times, s. xvii. Belonged to
Mark Lansburgh (stamp in margin of f. 2v;
see his An Illustrated Check List of Manuscript Leaves in the Collection of
Mark Lansburgh [Santa Barbara, 1962] no. 4, pl. 4). Purchased from
Goldschmidt's in 1964 with the Edwin J. and Frederick W. Beinecke Fund.
Bibliography: T. E. Marston, "A Collection of Early Manuscript Leaves,"
Gazette 40 (1965) p. 9.
Barbara A. Shailor