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This chapter of the book The Alphabet of Nature presents a number of images relevant to the study of language in the early modern period and Hebrew words. The book argues that Hebrew was not only the original language, or Ursprache, but that it is also a "natural" language inasmuch as Hebrew words exactly mirror things. It further argues that the very naturalness of Hebrew enabled Francis Mercury van Helmont to construct "a method for teaching those born deaf not only to understand others speaking but to speak themselves", as he says in the full title of the small volume.

Keywords: Europe; Hebrew; The Alphabet of Nature



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