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Luke 4:5-8; Matthew 4:5-7

Christ stands on the roof ridge of a church which has a bell tower on the right, a dwarf gallery under the eaves and a great door held by C-shape hinges. The devil behind taunts Christ to jump off the roof. The gestures of the devil on the right, pointing up and down, emphasise the text ‘He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone’ (Matthew 4:6). Christ, with his pointing finger, replies ‘Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God’.

In Odbert’s Psalter (Boulogne, Bibliothèque Municipale MS 20), based on Anglo-Saxon models, Christ also stands over a gabled entrance and a devil beckons from below (AP, 86 pl.107).

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