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This introductory chapter of the book Orientalism, Aramaic and Kabbalah in the Catholic Reformation: The First Printing of the Syriac New Testament discusses a technical appreciation of Syriac New Testament edition from the perspective of Syriac Studies within a broader Early Modern history, and thereby makes a contribution to Jews and Christians. The chapter recovers Widmanstetter's real attitude to the Kabbalah and refutes the common view of him as a man who believed that Kabbalah entered the Church as a Trojan Horse. It also explains to some extent the subsequent suspicions of heterodoxy that attach to the editors of the Syriac New Testament, and indeed why the Syriac New Testament was not first printed in Rome.

Keywords: Catholic Reformation; Kabbalah; Orientalism; Syriac New Testament; Widmanstetter



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