The Codex Gigas
The Codex Gigas which in English translates to the Giant Book is perhaps the largest book from the medieval era. The book was illuminated in the medieval era as a manuscript in the world. It is said to be at least of the length kg 93 I'm (36 in). Interestingly, this book which is mysterious in terms of its physical appearance happens to be even more mysterious as it is known by historians and spiritualists as the Devil's Bible. You nat be wondering why this book is called the Devil's Bible right? Well, it all revolves around a certain page within the book. This page discusses the devil and unusually portrays him and even uses an interesting portrait of the devil.
Let's go deeper:
This mysterious book begins with the portrait of the devil and is said to have been put together in the early 13th century in the Benedictine monastery of podlazice in Bohemia, a region in the modern-day Czech Republic. What makes this book very interesting is the fact that it details the existence of the devil as the many forms he chooses to appear in while presenting him in interesting light with a portrait of him on the very first page of the book.
The book is said to contain Vulgate Bible as well as other popular works which are all written in Latin. The book makes references to other books that have been very detailed in giving the world an image of the devil when it comes to portraying his true identity. For instance, between the Old and New Testaments are a selection of other popular medieval reference works: Josephus's Antiquities of the Jews and De Bello iudaico, Isidore of Seville's, and the likes.
What you should know about its content:
The first page of the manuscript contains two Hebrew alphabets which are perhaps added slips with Church Slavic and Glagothic alphabets. About half of the codex contains is said to contain the entire Bible, written in Latin. Of course, this Bible is a different version air to be the Vulgate Version asides from books like the book of Revelation and the book. Of Acts. The book contains more books than the modern bible. It contains books such as the 'Wisdom of Jesus, Esdras, Tobit, Judith, Esther, and Maccabees'.
The book contains a lot of the history of the Jews and even has verses just like that of Genesis which recounts the story of Creation. It even puts a more interesting way of explaining the creation story, since it illustrates in between the margin of heaven and earth.
The Legends Surrounding the Book:
Legend has it that a dedicated monk who lived in the Middle ages decided to break his monastery vows and was sentenced to be walled up alive due to his actions. However, the monk decided to do something drastic before his sentence is to be passed. To avoid the harsh punishment, he decided to write a book glorifying the monastery forever, including all human knowledge.
He was a scribe who was experienced and fast in writing so he perhaps thought he could complete it before his sentence was passed. So he decided to say a prayer for moral support and help from the divine. Unfortunately, rather than pray to God, he prayed to the fallen angel Lucifer, asking him to help finish his book in exchange for his soul.
The devil then completed the manuscript and in the worship of the devil and a show of appreciation, the monk added an image of the devil. It gets interesting because the monk miraculously finished the work before dawn. A work that is estimated to take twenty years of none stop writing if it is to be reproduced.
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