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Words, Sounds, Images

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In the early seventeenth century the Bible was everywhere in the spoken word, in texts, songs, and images. Evert Willemsz larded his notes with quotations from the Bible, at times in greatly modified form, then again almost verbatim. Biblical figures supplied role models. This proved advantageous for Evert's social and cultural strategy. The orphans were brought up writing. Evert wrote songs to melodies familiar to him, and writing became the logical means of communication when he was deaf and mute. His four longest texts are rhymed. Singing also occupied a personal place in Evert's cultural world. Although Evert cites only Bible texts in the margin of his songs, he is also indebted, at least indirectly, to the other sources from which those in his immediate surroundings drew wisdom. The Woerden inventories reveal a few additional accents that indicate an especially prominent position of religion in the local visual culture.

Keywords: Bible; Evert Willemsz; images; orphans; religious source; rhymes; sounds; visual culture; words



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