Miroslav Gospel

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Miroslav's Gospel
Miroslav's Gospel 001.jpg
First two pages of the manuscript
Created 1186
Location National Museum of Serbia, Belgrade
Author(s) Grigorije the Pupil
A copy of the Miroslav Gospel at the Cathedral of Saint Sava

Miroslav's Gospel (Serbian: Мирослављево Јеванђеље / Miroslavljevo Jevanđelje, pronounced [mǐrɔslaʋʎɛʋɔ jɛʋǎndʑɛːʎɛ]) is a 362-page illuminated manuscript Gospel Book on parchment with very rich decorations. It is one of the oldest surviving documents written in the Serbian recension of Church Slavonic.

It was commissioned in the 12th century (in the year 1186) by Miroslav of Hum, a nobleman and brother of Stefan Nemanja, the Grand Prince of Rascia. The first to discover and study the manuscript were three Russian scholars: Vladimir Stasov, Fyodor Buslayev, and Nikodim Kondakov in 1874.

A leaf of the book which the Archbishop Porphyrius Uspensky had cut out of the book from the Hilandar Monastery library in 1845 was first publicly shown at an exhibition in Kiev in 1874.[1] The earliest facsimile edition appeared in Vienna in 1897. The book was traditionally kept at the Hilandar Monastery on Mount Athos, before it was presented to King Alexander I of Serbia, on the occasion of his visit to the monastery in 1896. Today it is in the collection of the National Museum of Serbia in Belgrade.

The book was originally transcribed in Kotor in modern-day Montenegro between 1186 and 1190 from an earlier text. Most pages are by an unknown scribe from Zeta, with the last few pages written by the scribe Grigorije of Raška, also known as Grigorije the Scribe or Pupil.

In 2005, the Miroslav Gospel was inscribed in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in recognition of its historical value.[2]

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  1. ^ NLR.ru
  2. ^ "Miroslav Gospel – Manuscript from 1180". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. 2014-01-19. Retrieved 2009-12-14.

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