The Biblia Pauperum, neither a bible nor a book for the poor as its title suggests, is a medieval picture book that pairs Old and New Testament scenes as a way of showing that events in the past were divinely intended to foreshadow the future. It endures as a stunning example of the blockbook, printed in its entirety--text and pictures--from woodblock. The exquisite facsimile edition reproduced here with commentary will help the modern reader to recapture the fifteenth-century reader's experience in using the blockbook.
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name and nature 3the manuscript ancestors
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12 Versus 9 Versus angel Antitypes Assuerus baptism Bede Biblia Pauperum blockbook capitulo quod Cassiodorus central scene Christ Church conflation cristum Cross crown Crucifixion Dauid David death dominus echoed edition Elias Eliseus example Exeter Cathedral explains facsimile Fathers Harrowing of Hell hell Honorius of Autun Isaias Isidore PL LXXXIII Jacob Jerome PL XXV Jerusalem Jesus Jews John Jonas Joseph Judas Judgement king Kirschbaum Klosterneuburg Last Judgement Legitur libro regum Lord manuscript Mary Matt Maurus PL CIX medieval Moses PL CLXXII prefigures Prophecy prophet Psalm Rabanus Maurus PL Resurrection s.iv/v Augustine PL s.ix Rabanus Maurus s.v Jerome PL s.vi s.vii Isidore PL s.viii Bede PL s.xi Glossa PL s.xii Rupert PL s.xiv s.xv Saul Schiller II figs serpent shows significat signifies Christ soul Speculum Humanae Salvationis suggests Temple Tertullian tion tituli tomb Types typological verse Virgin Vulgate woodcut XXVI