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Four Gospels in Arabic

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A hurried glance at the decoration and script of this manuscript might suggest that it is a Qur’an, but the book in fact contains the four Christian gospels. Created for Arabic-speaking Christians in the Holy Land, it is a copy of what is known as the Arabic Vulgate, a translation drawn from Greek, Syriac, and Coptic versions of the Bible.

Four Gospels in Arabic, Opaque watercolor, gold, and ink on paper; 205 folios

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