Biggest Book in the Vatican

The biggest book in the Vatican Library, a celebrated bilingual Hebrew and Aramaic manuscript dated to 1294 and containing the whole Bible, is now online. I will let the Twitter post from @vaticanlibrary tell you why Urb.ebr.1 is so remarkable:

"Fully" available means that previous to this, a murky black-and-white image of Codex Urbinas 1 was the only offering online. A brief description at MBH tells us the codex contains the Tanakh, Masorah with Targum alternating and the Rashi commentary.

Also new online is the first Persian manuscript to have entered the Vatican Library. Written in the cursive "naskhi" script typical of the Middle East, this book dated to 1312 is one of the earliest surviving Persian manuscripts of any part of the Scriptures.

In all, 33 manuscripts arrived on the website of the library last week for all to see:
  1. Urb.ebr.1 (Upgraded to HQ), above
  2. Vat.gr.1646 (Upgraded to HQ),
  3. Vat.lat.1113 (Upgraded to HQ),
  4. Vat.lat.1479 (Upgraded to HQ),
  5. Vat.lat.2385,
  6. Vat.lat.3045,
  7. Vat.lat.3169,
  8. Vat.lat.3318 (Upgraded to HQ),
  9. Vat.lat.3350,
  10. Vat.lat.3362,
  11. Vat.lat.3422,
  12. Vat.lat.3423 (Upgraded to HQ),
  13. Vat.lat.4054,
  14. Vat.lat.4057,
  15. Vat.lat.4148 (Upgraded to HQ),
  16. Vat.lat.4154 (Upgraded to HQ),
  17. Vat.lat.4201,
  18. Vat.lat.4240 (Upgraded to HQ),
  19. Vat.lat.4241,
  20. Vat.lat.4243,
  21. Vat.lat.4246,
  22. Vat.lat.4257,
  23. Vat.lat.4259,
  24. Vat.lat.4298,
  25. Vat.lat.4306,
  26. Vat.lat.4326,
  27. Vat.lat.4333,
  28. Vat.lat.4340,
  29. Vat.lat.11521,
  30. Vat.lat.13363,
  31. Vat.mus.538,
  32. Vat.pers.4 (Upgraded to HQ), the 1312 Gospel of Matthew in Persian (above), shown in the United States in the Rome Reborn exhibition, the first Persian manuscript to enter the pope's collection. Anthony Grafton wrote: "The page displayed here includes the opening of the text of the Gospel of Matthew", though surely this is the ending thereof:
  33. Vat.sir.560.pt.A (Upgraded to HQ),
In addition, the Vatican Library online portal has added eight books which had already been online in color from Heidelberg University Library, Germany:
  1. Pal.lat.656,
  2. Pal.lat.657,
  3. Pal.lat.660,
  4. Pal.lat.662,
  5. Pal.lat.663,
  6. Pal.lat.664,
  7. Pal.lat.665,
  8. Pal.lat.666,
This is Piggin's Unofficial List number 186. Thanks to @gundormr for harvesting. If you have corrections or additions, please use the comments box below. Follow me on Twitter (@JBPiggin) for news of more additions to DigiVatLib.

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