Irish note on a wonder in Arabia on the day after Christ’s birth
An Irish apocryphal anecdote on the appearance of a rectangular ingot of gold (tinde cethur-uillech de ór) in Arabia on the day after Christ was born. An imperfect copy is found in a manuscript (Egerton 92) which formerly belonged to the Book of Fermoy. It may bear some relationship to an Irish tract on the 17 wonders which appeared on the night of Christ’s birth, a copy of which is found in the Book of Fermoy.
- Tinde cethur-uillech de or ro arthraig a tir Arabia isin lou iar ngenemain Crist
- London, British Library, MS Egerton 92 = Book of Fermoy fragment [s. xv]f. 28vabeginning: ‘Tinde cethur-uillech de or ro arthraig a tir Arabia isin lou iar ngenemain Crist’
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Briefly notes the appearance of this text in Eg. 92, in the context of a discussion on prose and verse texts on the 17 wonders of the night of Christ’s birth. Because the wonder in Arabia is said to have happened on the day after, he concludes that it “obviously does not belong to the present collection of mirabilia”.
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