Title: Crucifixion of Christ
Medium: Illuminated manuscript
Size: 33.6 x 22.6 cm
Location: Laurentian Library,
Mark 15:36 One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down," he said.
Elijah was a prophet in the northern kingdom of the divided monarchy during the reigns of Ahab, Ahaziah, and Jehoram (873 BC – 843 BC). Members of some circles of Jewish tradition had come to believe that Elijah was sent like an angel to rescue famous teachers. Malachi 4:5 identifies the messenger of the last days with Elijah; taken up to heaven he shall return before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.
This illustration is one of several from the Rabbula Gospels, a 6th century illuminated Syriac Gospel Book. One of the finest Byzantine works produced in