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The Northern Scholars: The Role Of Postel In The Antwerp Polyglot

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Guillaume Postel was in many ways the most important figure amongst the sixteenth-century Catholic kabbalists. The author argues that Postel was the consistent presence behind all the sixteenth-century Catholic editions of the Syriac New Testament as he will be seen also to be the moving force behind the Antwerp Polyglot. This chapter reviews Postel's determined efforts to produce this polyglot until the Antwerp project was well underway. Thus a bible in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Latin, and, in the New Testament, Syriac has been printed by Plantin, but we are still awaiting the Arabic version. This claim of Boulaese and, of course, of Postel to have sought to promote the cause of the Antwerp Polyglot, and particularly of an Arabic Bible, by the small similarly polyglot pamphlet Boulaese placed in the hands of the King of Spain 5 May 1567 is essential to understanding the genesis of the Antwerp Polyglot.

Keywords: Antwerp Polyglot; Guillaume Postel; sixteenth-century Catholic kabbalists; Spain; Syriac New Testament



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