Northern Mesopotamia, 586
Biblioteca Laurenziana in Florence
The Rabbula Gospels are named after the scribe Rabbula, who completed this Syriac Gospel in the monastery of St. John at Beth Sagba in 586. While Rabbula's work has won high praise, the fame of the manuscript comes from its anonymous pictorial decoration in its first fourteen folios. The decoration comprises eight full-page miniatures and a set of canon tables adorned with portraits and scenes from the New Testament. It includes scenes of the Crucifixion of Christ, the Ascension of Christ, and the Pentecost.