Illustrations were common in manuscripts of the Gospels, but far less common for the Acts and Epistles. Anton Baumstark describes the images found in one manuscript that does include illustrations for these documents and compares them with the Eastern tradition.
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It is quite common in the study of manuscripts containing New Testament texts to find images, decorations, and flourishes accompanying the text. However, the vast majority of the images accompany the Gospels, with the primary subject of illustration being the Gospel writers themselves. In the present article, Anton Baumstark describes a manuscript that provides an exception to the general practice of illustrating only the Gospels. Baumstark describes all of the images in the manuscript, including images of Luke at the beginning of Acts, John at the beginning of the Johannine Epistles, and Paul at the beginning of Romans. The manuscript also includes images of the Evangelists and canon lists, which Baumstark describes in detail. Baumstark accompanies this survey with pictures of several of the images from the manuscript that he describes. Baumstark concludes with a comparison of the images with those from other manuscript traditions—namely the Syriac and Oriental traditions.