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Bible of the Poor,
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[German Version]

Biblia pauperum, was the name given to the Bible abbreviations for preaching purposes in the late Middle Ages. Technically “Bible of the Poor” denotes a specific, primarily pictorial work of monastic provenance. As far as it can be reconstructed, its earliest, originally anonymous exemplar was written in the southeastern German language area in the mid-13th century. In the course of its abundant transmission, which continued until the early 16th century, there was growing variation…

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Leppin, Volker, “Bible of the Poor,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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