Orientalism, Aramaic, and Kabbalah in the Catholic Reformation: The First Printing of the Syriac New Testament

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BRILL, 2007 - History - 224 pages
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Focusing upon the extraordinary circumstances of the production of the "editio princeps" of the Syriac New Testament in 1555 and establishing a reliable history of that edition, this book offers an new account of the origin of Syriac studies in Europe and a fresh evaluation of Catholic Orientalism in the sixteenth century. The reception of Syriac into the West is shown to have been characterised, under the influence of Egidio da Viterbo and Postel, by a Christian Kabbalistic world-view which also determined the reception of other Oriental languages. The companion volume "The Kabbalistic Scholars of the Antwerp Polyglot Bible" exhibits the continuing influence of Christian Kabbalism on later editions.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Teseo Ambrogio and the Maronite Delegation to the Fifth Lateran Council
11
Egidio da Viterbo and the Kabbalistic Context of Syriac Studies at the Time of the Fifth Lateran Council
29
Moses and Masius
63
Postel
95
Widmanstetter
137
The editio princeps
171
Conclusion
189
Bibliography
193
Index
217
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Robert J. Wilkinson, Ph.D. (2004) in History, University of the West of England, read Oriental Studies at Cambridge. He is Research Fellow at Wesley College, Bristol, U.K. His Kabbalistic Scholars of the Antwerp Polyglot Bible (Brill) is appearing as a companion volume.

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