Item MS 04 - The Bandlet of Righteousness Sensal Codex

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The Bandlet of Righteousness Sensal Codex

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  • Textual record

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Ethiopian Sensal Codex

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Coll. 12-MS 04

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  • 1901 - 1960 (Creation)

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i + 67 folios. 54 x 45 x 25 mm

1 column, 12 of lines. Parchment accordion-fold codex. Written in black and red ink on both sides. Wooden boards.

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Custodial history

Robert N. Thompson acquired the codex during his time in Ethiopia from the 1940s into the 1950s. In 1983, Thompson donated textual material to TWU Archives and over the course of the next decade additional materials including the Ethiopian codices were transferred to the care of the Archives.

Scope and content

This Ethiopian codex is a sensul, an accordion-fold manuscript comprised of 67 folios, and contains the Bandlet of Righteousness a text of the dead.

Opening text in red reads: "In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost", "Mary".

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Additional parchment was sewn on folios 17r and 51r. In addition, parchment ties are found on folios iv and 34 v.

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Robert N. Thompson


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Ge'ez, the traditional liturgical language of the the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

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A digital copy can be found on the Vivarium website under the identifier "Trinity Western University Codex 4", see:

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Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

The Ethiopian manuscripts published in digitised format by the Ethiopian Manuscript Imaging Project are to the best of our knowledge not in copyright under Ethiopian law. However TWU Archives and Special Collections recognises broader interests in the cultural heritage which the Ethiopian manuscripts represent. The manuscripts included are often of a religious nature, and the Archives have taken considerable care not to distort or alter the underlying material. We ask users also to show appropriate respect in reusing the digital images of the Ethiopian manuscripts, which should not be altered or reused in ways that might be derogatory or offensive to the Ethiopian communities for whom they are of special cultural importance.

Preferred Citation: Trinity Western Archives and Special Collections. Ethiopian Manuscripts Collection, Coll. 12-MS 04, The Bandlet of Righteousness Senal Codex, 1901-1960.

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To access the digital copy of the codex from TWU Archives and Special Collections database, click on the codex image to open the PDF document.

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July 2020, tk

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  • Box: MS-04