F: Stemma in the Foigny Bible


Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, lat. 15177, fols 2v-11r.

Digitized, Cataloged.

Late 12th century, comprising nine full-page spreads, in a late Carolingian script, parchment, 51.5 x 36.5 cm.

This version is an evolution from the Zeta type, (sole witness: first quarter of the 11th century) where an earlier editor had rewired the layout to explain the two ancestries of Jesus according to the Levirate Marriage theory, had appended typological glosses to some of the names and had added a passage from Rufinus. Now a further stratum develops, adding some 6,000 words of biblical commentary in Latin, mainly by Isidore of Seville, with shorter passages from Augustine of Hippo and Gregory the Great.

Given siglum F by Piggin.

The codex

Contained in the first of four volumes of a large-format, illuminated Vulgate Latin bible which was made at the Cistercian Abbey of Notre Dame de Foigny (others are BnF Latin 15178, Latin 15179, Latin 15180). Parchment, this volume comprises 190 folios. Previously owned by Cardinal Richelieu and later the Sorbonne.


Three other bibles containing the Ι recension:

Ff: England, London, British Library, Ms. Add. 17737, Floreffe Bible, fols. 24v-32v (ι1, dated 1155)

Pa: England, London, British Library, Ms. Add. 14788, Parc Bible, fols. 198v-207r (ι2, dated 1148)

B: Spain, Burgos, Biblioteca Pública del Estado, Ms. 173, Burgos Romanesque Bible, fols. 1v-8v (ι4, third quarter of the 12th century)

The matches between the pages of the four bibles of the Iota type are as follows:

Foigny Parc Floreffe Burgos Diagram Epitome
2v 198v 24v 1v Adam: protoplastus homo sive terrigena... Malalehel Hos duos filios habuit ... omnia in omnibus
3r 199r 25r 2r Iareth: filius Malaleel; descendens sive roborans Enoch qui translatus est ... mentiuntur.
3v 199v 25v also 2r Noe: filius Lameth; deximus ab Adam; Iam et illud quod post ... Christi mortem subsannaverunt.
4r 200r 26r 2v Sem: filius Noe, Sem nomitatus Christi gerens Ideoque fiat Cham ... insinuat atque manifestat.
4v 200v 26v 3r Falech: filius Heber, divisio Promittur Abrahe semen ... legitime utatur.
5r 201r 27r 3v Abraham: filius Thare, patriarcha Dixit Deus ad Abraham ... Mansiones 1-14 ... tempus admimpleatur.
5v 201v 27v 4r Ysaac filius Abrahm Risum sive gaudium + Vixit Iob post plagam + Seir Lothan-Ane  
6r 202r 28r 4v Edom qui interpretatur sanguineus (remainder of Seir + Rex/dux series) Sed postquam hec dixit ... periisse de mundo.
6v 202v 28v 5r Lia's six sons Reveniente Iacob de Mesopotamia ... sit fidei portus.
7r 203r 29r 5v Zelfa, Rachel, Balla + Per hunc iudam verur confessor exprimit Per hunc Iudam ... prophetarum et sanctorum.
7v 203v 29v 6r Levi - Moses -Joshua Fiat Dan coluber in via ... suscepit Christum.
8r 204r 30r 6v Remainder of Judges, Saul Dedit dominus Israel post duces ... scripsit beatus Augustinus.
8v 204v 30v 7r David-Solomon Et quem ab Abraham usque ... Mansiones 15-27 ... pergent.
9r 205r 31r 7v Rehoboam-Ahaz + Prophets I + Ab hinc regnum ... ub soboam atque in Iheroboam  
9v 205v 31v 8r Ezech-Zacharias + Prophets II (Iherimias qui interpretatur excelsus domini ...)  
10r 206r 32r also 8r Salatiel Ab isto Sedekias ... Mansiones 29-42 ... mutum.
10v 206v 32v 8v omits Epitome Sadoch-Eleazar + restored Luke Ad novum testamentum qui ... Christi nunc.
11r 207r 33r also 8v Mathan genuit Iacob + Sicut Lucas evangelista per Nathan  

Piggin, Jean-Baptiste. Isidore's Old Testament Commentary: An Unknown Epitome. ResearchGate. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.29135.69281

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