[Priest and His Prized Manuscript Bible]

Priest_manuscript.jpg
Date unknown, pre-1930
Tell-Tamar, Syria

Assyrian refugees at Tell-Tamar and the Khabour River, July 21. Something of the twenty-seven villages built here by the League of Nations. The priest and his prized manuscript Bible. LC-DIG-ppmsca-17416-00118 (digital file from Diary in photos, vol. IV, 1938 - original on page 63, no. 2091)

Considered by Christians to be a divinely inspired set of books, the Bible has held a central place of authority inSyriac Christianity. In turn, the Syriac tradition’s engagement with Scripture has produced several unique moments in the history of the Bible. Syriac copies of the Bible are among the earliest illuminated (illustrated) Bible manuscripts and are also among the earliest biblical manuscripts whose copying can be precisely dated. Another unique aspect of Syriac encounter with the Bible is a long tradition of poetic interpretation. Syriac clergy delivered sermons in verse which sought to explore and explain the Scriptures. To the present, the Bible retains a place of importance in the Syriac churches. In this photograph from 1938, a priest from the Church of the East displays a Bible manuscript in the Syrian village of Tell Tamr. This priest may have been among refugees fleeing religious and ethnic violence in Iraq.

Title

[Priest and His Prized Manuscript Bible]

Publisher

Tell-Tamar, Syria

Date

Date unknown, pre-1930

Description

Assyrian refugees at Tell-Tamar and the Khabour River, July 21. Something of the twenty-seven villages built here by the League of Nations. The priest and his prized manuscript Bible. LC-DIG-ppmsca-17416-00118 (digital file from Diary in photos, vol. IV, 1938 - original on page 63, no. 2091)
Considered by Christians to be a divinely inspired set of books, the Bible has held a central place of authority inSyriac Christianity. In turn, the Syriac tradition’s engagement with Scripture has produced several unique moments in the history of the Bible. Syriac copies of the Bible are among the earliest illuminated (illustrated) Bible manuscripts and are also among the earliest biblical manuscripts whose copying can be precisely dated. Another unique aspect of Syriac encounter with the Bible is a long tradition of poetic interpretation. Syriac clergy delivered sermons in verse which sought to explore and explain the Scriptures. To the present, the Bible retains a place of importance in the Syriac churches. In this photograph from 1938, a priest from the Church of the East displays a Bible manuscript in the Syrian village of Tell Tamr. This priest may have been among refugees fleeing religious and ethnic violence in Iraq.

Rights

Public domain

Format

1 photograph (black and white)

Source

● Library of Congress

Files

Priest_manuscript.jpg

Citation

Whiting, John D. (John David), 1882-1951, “[Priest and His Prized Manuscript Bible],” Gallery, accessed September 15, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/2576.