Altar with Priestly Imagery
Fulda, Germany - first third of 11th century
Silver over wood
Musée National de l'Age Médiévale, Paris
In the center
of the upper register is the Traditio Legis (detail).
establishes the typological background as well as the divine authority
behind the eucharistic celebration for which the altar is
Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac is a type of God's giving his
own only son in the sacrifice that the Mass remembers. Aaron and
Melchizedech are types of the priesthood that will come under the new
covenant, represented by the bishops St. Nicholas and St. Blaise, whose
partake of the authority that Christ gave to the apostles, represented
here by the Traditio Legis, the giving of the Law and the Keys to St.
Paul and St. Peter respectively.
Photographed at the site by Richard Stracke