The Pulpit Is My Tardis

My name is Jeff Slater, I'm a pastor in Hutchinson Kansas. This is a place for me to share stuff.



This is the inside of the lovely binding featured recently.

This book is from Thomas á Kempis and is called De Imitatione Christi from 1489. It is written in Latin. BV4820 .A1 1489

Printed just a generation after Johannes Gutenberg’s Bible, the books in the first 50 years of printing with moveable type in the West are called incunabula (from the “cradle” or origin of printing). The category name exists because they more closely resemble handwritten manuscripts than modern printed books. Printers step by step began inventing the features that developed into what we recognize as a modern book, and the year 1500 is considered the (arbitrary) cutoff for incunabula. Existing side by side with handwritten manuscripts on vellum, incunabula are frequently decorated with care, treated to costly embellishment just like their parchment counterparts.

If you look at the inside of the front and back boards of the binding, this book was reinforced with bits of an “old” manuscript that wasn’t needed any longer as a text.  Sometimes texts thought to be lost turn up in bits and pieces, tucked in as waste in the bindings of later books.  Can you read this one? Our catalog has the scraps identified as “from a 14th century psalter.”

Many thanks to erikkwakkel for supplying additional information about these manuscript fragments used in the binding.  “…not 14th but late 12thc/c1200, origins Germany.”  This makes them some of our oldest fragments in UISpecColl!

Posted on 26 August, 2014
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Posted on 25 August, 2014
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These are two illuminated gospel books were made between 300-700 AD at Abba Garima Monastery in Ethiopia.

The Garima Gospels contain twenty eight full-page illuminations; each one bursting with color. The remarkably extant book covers are decorated with gold, silver, and holes where gems had been placed.

According to the oral history of the monastery, the manuscripts were scribed and illustrated by Abba Garima himself in the 490s AD. Thus, the Garima Gospels were acknowledged by the monks as being extremely old and religiously valuable.

The handful of Western scholars who managed to venture to Abba Garima Monastery upon their inspection of the manuscripts suspected some Mediterranean influence, but concluded that the illuminations were within a firmly conventional and uninteresting style of 12th-14th century Ethiopian painting.

It was not until 2000, when the French scholar Jaques Mercier brought fragments of the manuscripts’ parchment to Oxford University for radiocarbon dating, that the Garima Gospels were pushed into the international spotlight as one of the oldest (and most well preserved) illuminated gospel books.

Now, the Garima Gospels are considered one of the artistic wonders of the world: a priceless treasure from the ancient world preserved in the most unlikely of places.

The difficulty of actually seeing these extraordinary manuscripts—many of them are hoarded away in the mountain monasteries of Ethiopia—has kept the art historical community from bringing to light what could be a vast and beautiful strain of Late Antique painted religious books.

Additionally, it was not until scholars found a possible connection that the manuscripts shared with the “Western tradition” that they decided it was worthy of actually being looked at!

The Garima Gospels are both heartening and frustrating in this regard…

Posted on 17 August, 2014
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And claim “biblical authority” and “God’s will for humanity”


Posted on 31 July, 2014
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Ellie the shower pro & Co.

Posted on 25 July, 2014
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The Most Beautiful Trees in the World

  1. Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon. Photo by unknown.
  2. Red maples trees path. Photo by Ildiko Neer.
  3. Most beautiful wisteria tree in the world. Photo by Brian Young.
  4. Yellow autumn in Central Park, New York. Photo by Christopher Schoenbohm.
  5. Amazing Angel Oak Tree, Charlston, Photo by Mark Requidan.
  6. Cherry blossom tree path, Germany. Photo by Shoeven.
  7. California in autumn. Photo by Mizzy Pacheco.
  8. Jacaranda trees in bloom, South Africa. Photo by Falke.
  9. Ponthus beech tree in Brocéliande forest, France. Photo by Christophe Kiciak.
  10. Beautiful cherry blossom road. Photo by unknown.

Posted on 29 June, 2014
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It’s almost finals week, so some of you may need to brush up on your canon law.  With this in mind we are featuring Clemintinae Constitutiones, printed in 1479.  This is a compendium of writings from various popes, collected through the 13th and 14th centuries.  While the binding has seen better days, the interior of the book is in pretty good shape, and even includes some illumination. In early printed books, there were often spaces left at the beginning of sentences for hand-drawn initials to be added later.  Sometimes these were filled in by whoever bought the book, sometimes by illuminators (if you wanted to be fancy and had some money) and sometimes they were left blank.  After these first two capitals, the illumination stops, and all we have are blanks, like the one shown in the last photo.  Despite the beautiful letters, I think my favorite part is the margin note spoken by a man who peers out of the text. 

Clemintinae Constitutiones, printed in Venice by Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen, June 1479.

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Posted on 17 June, 2014
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J.R.R. Tolkien Reveals TRUE Meaning Of 'The Lord Of The Rings' In Unearthed Audio Recording

Posted on 30 May, 2014
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My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:US: stockists and info at


My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:
Other stockists and info at

Posted on 26 May, 2014
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Everything is great here… from his compassion to his theology to his pastoral care to his sense of mission to his preaching style. Fantastic.

Posted on 26 May, 2014

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