The Maxim Bible begins with a series of elaborate miniatures depicting the canons of Eusebius. In the Middle Ages, there was no division of the Holy Bible into chapters and verses. Instead, the text of the Gospel was divided into ascending numbered fragments - pericopes. Eusebian Canons are a set of pericopes from various Gospels in corresponding columns. Thanks to this, it's easy to find similar passages or descriptions of the same events from different
Evangelists. This is the first Holy Bible so decoded in Poland.
The Maxima Bible, in a modern translation by Jakub Wujek, is also a pioneering scientific development of the New Testament containing the canons of Eusebius. As in the Middle Ages, today the canons of Eusebius facilitate "navigation" around the Gospels. The huge, because weighing over 10 kilograms and measuring 50 x 35 centimeters, Maxima Bible begins with a series of elaborate miniatures depicting the canons of Eusebius. In the Middle Ages, there was no division of the Holy Bible into chapters and verses. Instead, the Gospel text was divided into ascending numbered fragments - pericopes. Eusebius's canons are a juxtaposition of these pericopes from various Gospels in corresponding columns. Thanks to this, it's easy to find similar passages or descriptions of the same events from different Evangelists. So far, no other Bible in Poland contained this type of decoding. The Maxima Bible was created using the rules according to which medieval manuscripts were created. It retains the then decorations, typeface and illustrations, as well as the jewelery binding modeled on the original binding binding located in the Museum of the Middle Ages in De Cluney in France.
On the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence, we presented the most spectacular Holy Bible in the publishing history of our country. On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope Saint John Paul II, the Maxim Bible goes to Poles. When we talk about freedom, we do not only mean freedom regained after 123 years, but also freedom regained many years later, when the shackles of communism were dropped.
One of the most important characters who played a key role was the Holy Father John Paul II. From the beginning of his pontificate, the Polish Pope supported patriotism and Poles' striving for freedom. He awakened hope and encouraged Poles in moments of doubt. He gave strength that became the driving force of progress.
This is the only Bible this kind in Poland with the colorful canons of Eusebius, the Bamberg Apocalypse and the original translation by Jakub Wujek written in a modernized "Carolynic" font.
In the Middle Ages, the Bibles were mainly used for celebrating the sacred liturgy, calculating movable holidays in the calendar, and supporting the functioning of the church. They were rewritten by scribes and rarely contained all the scriptures in one book - due to the volume of all biblical books, they were limited to selected parts, most often to the New Testament, supplemented with the Apocalypse of St. John the Evangelist. The most beautiful manuscript announcing the imminent end of the world was the Bamberg Apocalypse from the 11th century.
Format: 500 x 350 mm
Number of cards: 147
Weight: over 10 kg
Paper: Fedrigoni pergamenata
Binding: jewelery, refined with 24-carat gold
Embellishment: 66 jewelery stones (61 obverse and 5 reverse). Obverse: coral-4 pcs, sugilite-2 pcs, chrysoprase-4 pcs, larimar-4 pcs, coral-8 pcs, sapphire-8 pcs, turquoise-11 pcs, malachite, 16 pcs, Lapis Lazuli, 4 pcs
Reverse: turquoise - 1 piece, malachite - 4 pieces
14 Illumination hand-gilded with 24-carat gold leaf
11 Canons of Eusebius hand-gilded with 24-carat gold leaf
Circulation: 100 copies
Accessories: linen bag, stylized case, gloves, hand-numbered notary certificate, supplement
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