The Devil’s Bible has been given its name because of a full-size portrait of the Devil. Portraits of the Devil were common dur...
The Devil’s Bible has been given its name because of a full-size portrait of the Devil. Portraits of the Devil were common during the Middle Ages but this particular portrait is unique. Here, the Devil is portrayed alone on the page. The image is very big—nineteen inches tall.
The Devil is crouching and facing forward. He is naked apart from an ermine loincloth. Ermine is worn as a sign of royalty. It is believed that the Devil wears ermine in this image to demonstrate that he is the Prince of Darkness.
Codex Gigas means ‘giant book’.
Originally, The Devil’s Bible had 320 pages.
The 310 parchment leaves (620 pages) of the Devil’s Bible are made of vellum, from the processed skins of 160 animals, most probably donkeys. [3.1]
Some pages of the Devil’s Bible are thought to have been removed, and no one knows what happened to them.
The calligraphy is lavishly illuminated throughout.
Including its wooden case, which is ornamented with metal, the Devil’s Bible is so heavy (about 165 pounds) that it requires at least two adults to carry it.
The portrait of the devil faces a picture of the “City of Heaven,” the only other image in the Devil’s Bible.
Some scholars believe that the picture of Heaven negates the portrait of the devil. Others have noted that no people can be seen in the City of Heaven.
Also in the Devil’s Bible is the “encyclopedia” by St. Isidore, who, more than a millennium after he lived, is regarded as the patron saint of the Internet. Isidore’s Etymologiae was an attempt to record all universal knowledge of his time, the 7th Century.
There are also two magic spells, both with specific instructions on how to identify and catch a thief.
Possession by demons was commonly thought during medieval times to be the cause of many illnesses.
The church had specific rituals to exorcise evil by casting demons out of an afflicted person’s body.
There are several myths surrounding the creation of The Devil’s Bible, and they all involve the Devil. One of the most famous myths is that the scribe traded his soul to the Prince of Darkness so that he could complete the book in one night.
The original manuscript is no longer on display for the general public. The treasury exhibition is closed.
Codex Gigas was named the eighth wonder in the Christian world because of the image of a devil painted on the first page.
The pages of the devil’s bible contain illustrations of red, blue, yellow, and green. 290th page has a unique 50-inch drawing of a devil.
The ink used to write the giant manuscript was made up of crushed insects.
In 2007, the Devil’s Bible was insured for the first and the last time with a state insurance company. The amount was worth 20 million euros.
The research claimed that it was only one person who wrote the whole manuscript. The time taken to complete it was 30 years.
Some researchers believe that as the midnight approached the monk who was writing the Bible, he had realized that he would not be able to complete the task. So, he succeeded to exchange the soul with the devil. He included the portrait of the devil to thank him. Others believed that it was the devil himself who painted the image.
The book has the devil’s image next to the city of heavens. It is believed that the writer presented a comparison between the good and the evil.
These were some interesting facts about the “Codex Gigas” and its unusual content which is the reason behind its title “The Devil’s Bible”.
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