This original copper-plate engraving from an early 18th Century Bible is a real beauty. It depicts St. Luke the Evangelist. It was engraved by the famous German Engraver Johann Alexander Boener and published in 1701. It shows St. Luke in great detail holding a feather in one hand and a book in the other. He often is symbolically represented by a bull, which he has on his side in this depiction.
Luke the Evangelist is one of the Four Evangelists—the four authors of canonical Gospels of Jesus Christ. Luke was a native of the Hellenistic city of Antioch in Syria. The early church fathers ascribed to him authorship of both the Gospel according to Luke and the book of Acts of the Apostles, which would mean Luke contributed over a quarter of the text of the New Testament, more than any other author. Prominent figures in early Christianity such as Jerome and Eusebius later reaffirmed his authorship, although the fragile evidence of the identity of the author of the works has led to discussion in scholarly circles, both secular and religious.
Provenance: Biblia Sacra Das ist Die gantze Heilige Schrifft/ Alten und Neuen Testaments
Author: Casparum Ulenbergium
Engraver: Johann Alexander Boener
Published : Bamberg, Ziegern & Lehmann, 1701
Paper Size: circa 14 1/2" x 9 3/4"
Condition : In very good antique condition and a Beautiful Age Patina - PLEASE SEE PICTURES
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