In today’s world of Bible apps and online readings—it’s easy to ignore the significance of the Bible itself in evocative symbolic art conveying its message to those who could not read! Such are the Lindisfarne Gospels—one of the greatest achievements of British medieval art.
The Lindisfarne Gospels are thought to be written and decorated at the end of the 7th Century by Eadfrith, a monk who became a Bishop of Lindisfarne in 698. Later, Aldred, Provost of Chester-le-Street wrote in an English translation directly in between the lines of the Latin text; This is the earliest surviving English translation of the Gospels!
“Illuminated” Bibles became books placed prominently on church altars—at the foot of which significant legal and societal transactions were conducted.
Engage with the Bible—in its beauty and history—its impact and influence through the ages!