Syriac New Testament
[Syriac New Testament]. Liber sacrosancti evangelii de Iesu Christo Domino [. . .] characteribus & lingua Syra.
Vienna: Michael Zymmerman, 1562. (BRA0934)
This 1562 reprint of the 1555 first edition of the Peshitta (“simple”) version of the Syriac New Testament was published at the expense of Emperor Ferdinand I for circulation among European scholars. The unusual woodcut exhibited here, introducing the Gospel of John, is the most elaborate of the book’s six illustrations. It portrays the evangelist at the foot of a Crucifix that emanates symbolic figures of each of Christ’s wounds.