The Zeal of Phineas, 1430 artwork

The Zeal of Phineas, 1430 artwork

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Caption: The Zeal of Phineas. Illuminated manuscript miniature from the 15th-century Alba Bible, depicting Israelite High Priest Pinchas (Phinehas) killing Prince Zimri and his lover, a Midianite woman (The Book of Numbers). The Alba Bible, completed in 1430, is a translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew into Medieval Castilian. It was commissioned in 1422. The 513 pages are illustrated with 334 miniatures, produced by members of the Franciscan Order in Toledo. The original is displayed in Madrid, Spain. 500 facsimile editions were produced in 1992.

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