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Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Mysterious Origin of Satan's Bible

The Mysterious Origin of Satan's Bible

The Satan’s Bible or also known as Devil's Bible or The Codex Gigas. It is believed to be the largest surviving medieval manuscript in the world. The Devil's Bible is controversial as within its pages are numerous Christian writings which includes a complete version of the Vulgate Bible. There's a lot of claims made by other people who got to see it and claimed unusual things that occured to them after reading it.

 Its pages were made from donkey skins and measures as 36 inches tall, 19.7 inches wide, and 8.6 inches thick. The Codex Gigas is bound with old wood wrapped in leather. Quite interesting, eh? What makes the The Codex Gigas mysterious to read? It is because half of The Codex is the Old and New Testaments from the Vulgate Bible which is a late fourth century translation of the Bible that in the 16th century became the official Latin Bible of the Catholic Church. There is also writings about the earth, the universe, buildings, metals, war, ships, humans, animals, medicine, law, religions, and the hierarchies of saints and angels. Another reason for its mysterious vibe is the legend of its scribe.

There was a monk who broke his monastic vows and was sentenced to be walled up alive. In order to forbear this harsh penalty he promised to create in one single night a book to glorify the monastery forever, including all human knowledge. Near midnight he became sure that he could not complete this task alone, so he made a special prayer, not addressed to God but to the fallen angel Lucifer, asking him to help him finish the book in exchange for his soul. The devil completed the manuscript and the monk added the devil's picture out of gratitude for his aid. In tests to recreate the work, it is estimated that reproducing only the calligraphy, without the illustrations or embellishments, would have taken 5 years of non-stop writing

There are also other mysteries that revolves around the Devil's Bible, one of it was the oddly picture of the City of Heaven which contains no people. The pages also surrounds the picture of the Devil. It is easy for anyone to get the eerie feeling as these illustrations are considerably darker than the other pages contained in the book.

The Devil's Bible is known for its curse as well. Legends tell that its sadness and tragedy will forever haunt the footsteps of anyone who possesses the Codex. One incident claims that one of the previous owners, a monastery, was struck with one of the worst episodes of bubonic plague on record after taking possession of the Devil’s Bible.

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