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The Alpha and the Omega and the Cross of Oviedo in Beatos and Revelation

1.4 – I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, the One who is, who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

22.13 – I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

The beatos are copies of the Commentaries on the Apocalypse by Beatus of Liébana that respect its text and the theme and situation of the images, although each miniaturist interpreted it according to their imagination, its technical characteristics and its quality.

Although the European Apocalypses were not copies of the Beatus Commentary, as they also follow the book of Saint John of Patmos, many of their images coincide in position and theme with those of the Beatus.

The reference to the Alpha and the Omega, which we have found in eleven Spanish Blesseds but in no European Apocalypse, appears in some cases at the beginning of the manuscript, in others at the end and sometimes in both places, although the image that usually accompanies only one of the both cases, never both. That image, while in the first four and the last four Blesseds it consists of a Cross of Oviedo with the two Greek letters hanging from its arms, on an image of the lamb in the last three, in the three from the 11th century the image associated with the mention of the Alpha and Omega, the image of one of those two letters is used,    

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