59. page 117 Right – Five adults on the top of a mountain. Something small, like a baby, maybe, is held over a bowl with water. The baptism of a child?
It resembles to another CR drawing, which I think is the Circumcision of Christ.
It could be the same scene. In the Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander, when the same episode is told by two or more evangelists, the same drawing is employed, again and again (like the Baptism of Jesus – four times). The only problem is that the Circumcision and Presentation in the Temple are only recounted by Luke, a second drawing on the same subject would not be justified, if these are the Gospels.
60. page 127 Left – Angel at the bedpost. Somebody is lying peacefully in his/her bed, while a bearded angel is flapping his wings at his/her head.
Who is the angel, who is the sleeper? For this to be known with certainty, hopefully the scribbles will be understood, otherwise, let’s face it, we are talking about a Christian book, angels visiting humans in their sleep is the norm. It is their job.
It happens to Joseph in Matthew’s Gospel, three times: first time he is advised to accept the pregnant Mary, the second time he us urged to take his family to Egypt and avoid Herod’s Massacre of the Innocents, and the third time he is announced about the death of Herod.
(I only found two out of three in this icon with the early life of Jesus.)
It repeatedly happened to Peter:
And it reportedly happened to Paul (Acts 16:9-10). I just can’t find any image of it.
So far, the visitor was always Gabriel.
The Ethiopian Gondar Homiliary is dedicated to the miracles of Archangel Michael, among which, seven resemble our CR drawing. They are about healing people, except for one, where the Archangel is admonishing a lazy man.
61. page 128 Left – The Kinship of Jesus and John the Baptist (?) – Two seated couples, each hold a shield, on each shield stands a radiant man. The two standing men are facing each other and saluting with one arm raised.
The only thing I could think about is a symbolic representation of some sort of relationship between the two men, and the family ties between Jesus and John the Baptist were the only ones to come to my mind. I could not find anything similar. The theme however exists (comes from the Gospel of Luke), and sometimes it is presented in a rather unusual way.
62. page 130 Left – Huh? Two guys dusting a carpet?
63. page 133 Right – In Hoc Signo Vinces (?) – In this sign you will conquer. A crowned king is seated with a rattler in his hand and an angel hovers on a crescent object, wings wide open, spreading beyond the frame.
Yet, it is a very popular angel story:
Oh, and where’s the sign? The one that leads to victory? The huge cross in the sky, all gold, all shining, resplendent with gems? Above the king’s head there is a small cross…
I love this explanation and I see a small beard on the angels chin, but the wretched thing under his feet make him look too much like the first Mondsichel Madonna. It is only fair to mention it:
I still go with Constantine and Michael.
64. page 134 Left –King David worshiping God YHWH . The king is kneeling in front of the sun with letters inscribed.
Pretty straightforward: here is the king with a Cyrillic lettering which says Tzarul David, while in the sun are the Hebrew letters for YHWH, in exact this order, I mean from left to right.
This is one of my best “catches” in the entire book. As I see it, the implications of understanding this picture are reaching into understanding the script and the meaning of the entire book. I talk about it both in Divine Designators and in !rorriM.
65. page 137 Left -neat ending line