JUNE 8

No existing copies of Bede’s translation of John’s Gospel, which we talked about in yesterday’s devotion, are still in existence. There is, however, a beautifully illuminated manuscript of an 8th century English translation of all four Gospels into English on display today in London’s British Museum. It is known as the Lindisfarne Gospels and is the oldest existing copy of the four Gospels in the English language in all the world today. According to a note added at the end of the manuscript less than a century after it was finished, the manuscript was the work of a skilled artist monk called Eadfrith, who was the Bishop of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, which is located off the northeast coast of England.