The Winchester Bible

The Winchester Bible was one of the finest representations of the medieval Bibles produced in England in the 12th century!

Large Bibles, like the Winchester Bible, were designed for public use in churches. The artwork vividly depicted scenes from the Bible and became “words” for many people who couldn’t read.

The Latin text of the Winchester Bible was handwritten on 468 sheets of parchment measuring approximately 23x15 inches—imagine a large picture frame.

One scribe copied the text with a quill, while another scribe checked and corrected his work. Artists painted the large initial letters with red, green, and blue ink. Expensive gold leaf was added for yet another layer of beauty.

The Winchester Bible has remarkably survived, today on display in England’s Winchester Cathedral Library.

Engage with the Bible—preserved throughout the centuries!

Share

More Book Minute Features

March 30, 2020

Nebuchadnezzar’s Inscription

The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar is mentioned several times in the Bible including his dramatic story of repentance in the Book of Daniel, Chapter...
March 16, 2020

Miserere mei Deus - Psalm 51

Miserere mei Deus (“Have mercy on me, O God”) by Gregorio Allegri, using the words from Psalm 51, is one of the most beautiful compositions ever writt...
March 09, 2020

Walt Whitman and the Bible in Poetry

Walt Whitman is regarded as one of America’s most significant 19th-century poets. Whitman references the Bible in several of his works. Evident in an...