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The Scholars Of The Editio Princeps: Postel

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This chapter discusses Guillaume Postel's mission for the scholarly work of editio princeps of the Syriac New Testament. Postel was a natural linguist. Postel's linguistic knowledge quickly earned him a place in the prestigious group of scholars around the King. The De orbis terrae Concordia is Postel's rational justification of Christianity, his refutation of the incompatible teachings of Judaism, Islam, and paganism, and yet his celebration of their deep hidden similarities. The technique of linguistic research Postel characteristically employed in his forays into primordial history he called "emithology", a word that in itself nicely demonstrates the point. Postel's mission gives a distinct scope and coherence to his Orientalism. Postel discovered the Truth of the arcane Kabbalah through the guidance of Mother Joanna. Together they seemed to have reimagined some fairly fundamental features of Catholic Orthodoxy as progressively they came to terms with their own eschatological roles.

Keywords: De orbis terrae Concordia; editio princeps; Guillaume Postel; Kabbalah; Mother Joanna; Syriac New Testament

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