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Bandt, Cordula

Der Traktat "Vom Mysterium der Buchstaben"

Kritischer Text mit Einführung, Übersetzung und Anmerkungen

[The Tract "On the Mystery of Letters"]

Series:Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur 162

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    August 2008
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    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.

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    viii, 260 pages
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    Christianity (History); Cosmology; Letter Symbolism; Mysticism
    Academics, Institutes, LIbraries

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    "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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