Harmony of the Bible

Medieval Manuscripts
Harmony of the Bible

Item Info

Item No: mca2030001
Title: Harmony of the Bible
Language: English
Folio Number: section 1
Source: Rare Book Department

This item appeared in the exhibition "Sacred Stories: The World's Religious Traditions" in the Rare Book Department, August 2015-January 2016.

This is the label from that exhibition:

This parchment scroll is a copy of an attempt by Christian theologian Hugh Broughton to sequentially align all of the narratives, chronologies, and characters in the Christian Bible. This chronological agreement served as Broughton’s proof of the authoritative truth of each word of the Bible.


According to the dealer of this item, the drawings were the original designs for the plates in Broughton's Concent of Scripture (n.d. but before Nov. 17, 1589). The plates, he says, were probably by H. Hondius. in Broughton's Daiel, his Chaldie Vision, 1596 (2 issues, one without quite signatures on the plates and the other with them added); the 2nd ed. 1597 has woodcut copies of the plates. 

In the first ed. of the Concent, the Image (the ref. to drawings above) is in armour as here, while subsequent editions of that work and all eds. of the Daniel show a nude figure patly draped. The first three subjects in the roll (as above) are as it were all on one "page," but form 3 separate plates in the books. Thus, the Four Beasts here=plate 3 of the Concent (1st ed) and the Daniel; and the Two Beasts= plate 4 in both. In the 2nd ed. of teh Concent both Beast subjects are combined to form only one plate (No. 4). The drawing of the Seven-headed beast= pl. 5 of the Concent, 1st ed., and pl. 4 of the 2nd ed., except that the Scarlet Woman is added on the plast and the coast of Arms omitted.

Country: Country:England

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1599
Image Dimensions Width: 780 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E 203
Creator Name: Hugh Broughton - Author