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The Northern Scholars: Masius

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This chapter discusses Andreas Masius and his enthusiasm for a Polyglot-and one with Syriac too. It addresses Guillaume Postel and his remarkable religious imagination, for in the miraculous events of 1566 he was to see what he called the Beginning of the Restoration, and the consequential need to broadcast his special message and to evangelise the Moslems. It was that motivation for the great work lay, not only for Postel himself but also for Guy Lefèvre de la Boderie and his brother, and Postel's other pupil Jean Boulaese. The Antwerp Polyglot was inspired not least by Postel's eschatological timetable. Masius did not however neglect his interest in the Syriac New Testament. Though there was confessional controversy generated around Tremellius's edition, and academic rivalry with respect to the editio princeps on the part of the Antwerp Polyglot scholars, it is worth remembering again just how few Syriac scholars there were.

Keywords: Andreas Masius; Antwerp Polyglot; Beginning of the Restoration; editio princeps; Guillaume Postel; Guy Lefèvre de la Boderie; Syriac New Testament



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