The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells—said to be Ireland’s “most precious medieval artifact”—is an “illuminated” manuscript of the Christian Bible containing the gospel books: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
A centuries-old treasure created to “illuminate” Jesus’s life as portrayed in the Christian gospels, the Book of Kells is a spectacular work of artistry and symbolism focusing on Jesus’s life.
It was used by Irish missionaries and monasteries to draw attention to the gospels in the spread of Christianity during the Middle Ages.
The Book of Kells, thought to be one of the oldest surviving texts in the form of a book, is lavishly embellished with scenes and letters in gold leaf and colored inks, hand-written on parchment.
During the English Reformation in 1541, the church took the book for safekeeping until it was returned to Ireland—and in the 19th century given to Trinity College in Dublin—where it is on display today—amazingly preserved!
Engage with this Book of Books—a Book for all time!

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