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The Editio Princeps

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This chapter examines the editio princeps to isolate in turn the features characteristic of East and West in this remarkable collaborative production. Widmanstetter has succeeded in imposing his version of the story upon the history of the editio princeps, principally through this Dedicatio. The Eastern and Western elements of the editio princeps are brought together in the parallel pages in Syriac and Latin of the list of the festivals and festal lections at the end of the book. Nothing can make this point more forcefully than the plate of the Crucifix and the Sephirotic Tree that appears in John's Gospel. The course of the review of early Syriac studies to this point has had as one of its motivations the necessity of explaining the presence of this remarkable image in a Syriac Bible.

Keywords: Crucifix; editio princeps; festal lections; John's Gospel; Sephirotic Tree; Syriac Bible; Widmanstetter



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