Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Die Gothaer Evangelienharmonie

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Die Gothaer Evangelienharmonie

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Die Gothaer Evangelienharmonie, ed. Petra Hörner (Berlin: Wcidler, 2014). 176 pp. ISBN 9783-89693-607-3. euro32.00. 'Gospel harmonies' are one of the standard textual forms in which the Gospels were transmitted in the Middle Ages, beginning as far as German literature is concerned with the Old High German version known as Tatian's Diatessaron in the ninth century, and followed by further individual versions, based on various Latin sources, in the twelfth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries (which also saw the phenomenon of 'Passion Harmonies'). They offer continuous narrative of the Bible text, pieced together from the four Gospels, totally different in structure from Gospel books which preserve the biblical order (in German 'Evangeliare') and the Gospel lectionaries that place the pcricopes used for readings in the mass in liturgical order (in German 'Evangelistare'). There are various different types of harmony, helpfully discussed in some detail in the introduction to this edition by Petra Hörner of the Gotha Gospel Harmony. Four such German texts are already in print, including the Tatian, and this volume thus offers a fifth text, that of a northern Bavarian manuscript dated to 1394 which appears to stand alone, in respect of both Latin and German tradition. …

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