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Antiquitates Judaicae; De bello Judaico
France, Dijon, late 13th century
MS M.534 fol. 87r

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Within initial T, Personification of Church (Ecclesia), crowned, holding bannered cross-staff with right hand and chalice in raised left hand; Personification of Synagogue (Synagoga), crowned, wearing blindfold, holding with right hand broken, bannered spear, and grasping tablet with left hand. Each standing below trefoil arch surmounted by tower and turrets, with cock (rooster) atop tower.
Beginning of Book 2 Chapter 1 of Josephus, De Bello Judaico.

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