This first section shows a correction, biscop corrected to biscob in the first line, and interlinear insertions in the third and fourth lines. Certain words, particularly those pertaining to church or religious matters, are in Latin, such as aecclesiae in this first line. In fact, some sections almost read like a Latin/Old English creole. The section begins with a cross. The punctuation mark of a dot appears in several places. Once you get your eye in, it is not too hard to read the insular minuscule script letter by letter, but very few of the Old English words are recognisable to us today.  

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Lindisfarne Gospels, late 7th century (British Library, Cotton Nero DIV, f.259). From E.G. Millar 1923 The Lindisfarne Gospels London: British Museum.

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