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Der Traktat "Vom Mysterium der Buchstaben"
The Tract "On the Mystery of Letters"

Kritischer Text mit Einführung, Übersetzung und Anmerkungen

The editio princeps of the tract On the Mystery of Letters (mid-6th century) opens access to a unique document from Early Byzantine monastic writing. Working from the Jewish tradition of Hebrew letters, but at the same time distancing himself from it, the author developed a Christian interpretation of the Greek alphabet – from alpha through to omega. An introduction locates the work in cultural history by presenting various versions of Jewish and Christian letter symbolism. The critical text itself is supported by a translation and notes.


"This is a marvelous book, a masterpiece of editorship, and a much needed investigation into a text that was neglected for too long."Thomas J. Kraus in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.08.06
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Audience: Academics, Institutes, LIbraries