Christus in natura
Quellen, Hermeneutik und Rezeption des Physiologus
[Christus in natura. Sources, Hermeneutics and Reception of the Physiologus]
Ed. by Kindschi Garský, Zbyněk / Hirsch-Luipold, Rainer
Funded by Schweizerischer Nationalfonds (SNF)
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Von Einhorn, Hirsch, Pelikan und anderem Getier. Septuaginta, Physiologus und darüber hinaus
Kraus, Thomas J.
The Physiologus describes many animals (or creatures), with which we are very familiar today as “beautiful” (καλῶς), while others seem odd and still others rather mythical to us. In many cases its author quotes suitable verses from the Old and New Testament, arranges them accordingly and creates an independent interpretation without identifying these quotations as such and/or designating them as formulas. In doing so, the Physiologus relies on the Greek version of the Old Testament, the Septuagint, and quotes from it. This study provides an overview of the animals that can be found both in the Septuagint and the Physiologus. It focuses on selected example chapters of the Physiologus, describing the respective contexts and discussing their significance for the quotations. The study also seeks to determine why certain lexemes were used, while other available ones were not. Finally, this article offers suggestions about why certain mythically determined animals (or creatures) found their way into the Physiologus.
Thomas J. Kraus (2019). Von Einhorn, Hirsch, Pelikan und anderem Getier. Septuaginta, Physiologus und darüber hinaus. In Zbyněk Kindschi Garský, Rainer Hirsch-Luipold (Eds.), Christus in natura: Quellen, Hermeneutik und Rezeption des Physiologus (pp. 63–80). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110494143-008
Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110494143
Online ISBN: 9783110494143
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