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This manuscript contains the text of the Vulgate for the Old Testament from Genesis to Esther. It includes the apocryphal Prayer of Manasseh, placed at the end of Second Chronicles.
Prologue to the Bible (Letter to Paulinus): starts on f. 1r; this is the letter written by Jerome to Paulinus, bishop of Nola, placed at the beginning of the Vulgate as general preface. It is introduced by the rubricated words Incipit prologus beati Jheronimi presbiteri ad paulinum de omnibus divine historie libris and begins with Frater ambrosius michi tua minuscola perferens.
Prologue of Jerome to the Pentateuch (Letter to Desiderius): starts on f. 4r. It is introduced by the rubricated words Incipit praefatio sancti Jheronimi presbiteri in pentateucum and begins with the words Desiderii mei desiderata litteras accepi. Pentateuch is the name which collectively identifies to the first five books of the Bible.
Pentateuch: starts on f. 4v. It is composed of: Genesis (starts on f. 4v), Exodus (starts on f. 27r), Leviticus (starts on f. 44v), Numbers (starts on f. 57r), Deuteronomy (starts on f. 74v).
Historical Books: starts on f. 91v. They are composed of: Prologue to Joshua (starts on f. 91v), Joshua (starts on f. 92r), Judges (starts on f. 103v), Ruth (starts on f. 115v), Prologue to Kings (starts on f. 117v), First Kings (starts on f. 118v and corresponds to First Samuel), Second Kings (starts on f. 135r and corresponds to Second Samuel), Third Kings (starts on f. 148v and corresponds to First Kings), Fourth Kings (starts on f. 164r and corresponds to Second Kings), Prologue to First Chronicles (starts on f. 178v). First Chronicles (starts on f. 179r), Prologue to Second Chronicles (starts on f. 192r), Second Chronicles (starts on f. 192v), Oratione Manasse (starts on f. 208v), Prologue to Ezra (starts on f. 209r), Ezra (starts on f. 209v), Nehemiah (starts on f. 214r), First Esdras (starts on f. 220v), Prologue to Tobit (on f. 228r), Tobit (starts on f. 228r), Prologue to Judith (on f. 232v), Judith (starts on f. 232v), Prologue to Esther (on f. 239r), Esther (starts on f. 239r).
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Fairly good, uniform hand, signed by scribe, with little ornament. Chapter initials are plain red twoline capitals inset; book initials four-line, red, with purple penwork.