This story was posted on the CRC website back in November of 2015, and I saved it for an archive/history post on some Thursday. Today we will post it and take a brief break from a PRC archive post (unless I change my mind later 🙂 ).
Below is the opening to the story about a rare book at Calvin College’s Meeter Center. Read the full story at the link provided at the end. By the way, if you are in the Grand Rapids area and have never made a visit to the Meeter Center, you ought to do so. Very worth your time.
Tucked safely away in a climate-controlled space in Calvin College’s Meeter Center is a medieval devotional manuscript the college has owned since 1912.
It recently became an object of deeper interest to Frans van Liere, professor of history and a medieval studies specialist, when he needed an image to use as the cover art for his 2014 book, An Introduction to the Medieval Bible.
The cover art Van Liere selected from the medieval manuscript was a miniature of the angel Gabriel visiting the Virgin Mary to announce the birth of Jesus, which is the only full-page picture in the manuscript.
“It led me to say maybe I should know a little more about this manuscript,” Van Liere said. “So I started looking into the manuscript, doing an analysis of the handwriting and the dating, and I discovered it’s a much greater treasure than Calvin probably thought they had.”