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Picturing The Myrrhophore

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This chapter is concerns with a number of images which explicitly identify Martha as one of the myrrhophores. It examines these images in the wider context of other early Christian art depicting the women at the tomb. The results of such an examination offer further support for the findings from the texts discussed thus far. The chapter describes a marginal illustration in the canon tables of a Syrian Gospel book. Canon tables serve the function of helping readers to locate texts by listing the parallel pericopes. A second image appears on a copper amulet published by Schlumberger (1893) which was then in the collection of the Cabinet des Médailles of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. The liturgy in Jerusalem is shaped centrally by the loca sancta. Abyssinian art reveals a "persistent adherence to tradition, as a result of which it became a veritable museum of archaic compositions".

Keywords: Abyssinian art; canon tables; copper amulet; Jerusalem; liturgy; myrrhophores; Syrian Gospel book; tomb



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