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Noahs Ark And The Ark Of The Covenant In Spanish And Sephardic Medieval Manuscripts

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This chapter investigates the relationship between the ark of Noah and the Ark of the Covenant whose shapes and significance are interrelated in the Bible as well as in its exegetical and visual interpretations. The ark of Noah is the only biblical wooden receptacle that, like the Ark of Covenant, was built by the command of God, following precise instructions and measurements. Assimilation of the ark of Noah to the meaning of the Ark of Covenant was known in the Christian world, although Christian interpretations of the Flood differ greatly from those of the Jews. The gabled boxlike Ark appears in several Spanish manuscripts, including the León Bible dated to 960. The features of Noah?s ark and the Ark of the Covenant thus seem to have been interchangeable in medieval Spanish art. The chapter also analyses some aspects of the biblical account and its Greek and Latin translations.

Keywords: Ark of the Covenant; Bible; Christian art; Jews; Noah?s ark; Sephardic medieval manuscripts; Spanish manuscripts



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