Angilbert (fl. ca. 840/50), On the Battle Which was Fought at Fontenoy

The Law of Christians is broken,
Blood by the hands of hell profusely shed like rain,
And the throat of Cerberus bellows songs of joy.

Angelbertus, Versus de Bella que fuit acta Fontaneto

Fracta est lex christianorum
Sanguinis proluvio, unde manus inferorum,
gaudet gula Cerberi.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Codex Sinaiticus on the Natural Law

The oldest copy of the Bible, known as the Codex Sinaiticus and dating back to the mid-fourth century, is online. You can look at the original text, along with a Greek transcription and an English translation at Below is the locus classicus for the Scriptural reference to the natural moral law, specifically, St. Paul's letter to the Romans, 2:14-15.

14 οταν γαρ εθνη τα μη νομον εχοντα φυϲει τα του νομου ποιωϲιν ουτοι νομον μη εχοντεϲ εαυτοιϲ ειϲιν νομοϲ 15 οιτινεϲ ενδικνυνται το εργον του νομου γραπτο εν ταιϲ καρδιεϲ αυτων ϲυνμαρτυρουϲηϲ αυτων τηϲ ϲυνειδηϲεωϲ και μεταξυ αλληλω των λογιϲμων κατηγορουντων η και απολογουμενων.

(14 For whenever Gentiles, that have no law, do by nature the things of the law, these, not having law, are a law to themselves:

15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing testimony, and their reasonings between one another bringing accusation, or also making excuse.)

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