In the Museum of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum is preserved the Treasure of Bethlehem. It consists of a series of objects that belonged to the Church of Nativity in the medieval period. Among them it must be highlighted 251 organ pipes of various dimensions and a carillon consisting of 13 bells. This contribution proposes that the background of these pieces is related to the liturgical performance in the basilica during the Crusader’s times, in particular, the Chant of Sibyl on Christmas Eve. For that reason, it is very likely that this peculiar musical and dramatic context must be connected with the ornamentation of the church with mosaics, between 1167-1169, depicting both the Liber Generationis —in the main aisle— and the Tree of Jesse with the Sibyl, in the counterfaçade.
|Translated title of the contribution||Vox Domini: The medieval organ of the Museum of Jerusalem’s Studium Biblicum Franciscanum and the lost Sibyl of the church of the Bethlehem’s Nativity|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|