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The Polyglot: The Syriac New Testament And Associated Kabbalistic Material

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This chapter considers the material from the North European Scholars in the Antwerp Polyglot which may be considered as kabbalistic. This material is found primarily in Volume VI with the edition of the Syriac New Testament. Volume VI of the Polyglot comprised, in addition to a Greek lexicon and grammar, Raphelengius's Thesaurus hebraicae linguae and a Grammatica Chaldaea of twelve pages, a Dictionarium syro-chaldaicum G. Fabritii Boderani, Masius's Syriac grammar and his Syrorum Peculium. The chapter reviews the contribution of Masius. In contrast to Guy Lefèvre de la Boderie's Aramaic Lexicon, Masius's work is confined to Syriac words and the clarification of their usage. Turning finally to his own edition, Guy describes his own rapt encounter with the Syriac version of the New Testament, his own eighteen-month work of transcription and translation completed in 1567 and Plantin's Royal commission to produce the Polyglot.

Keywords: Antwerp Polyglot; Guy Lefèvre de la Boderie's Lexicon; kabbalistic material; Masius's Syriac grammar; Syriac New Testament; Syrorum Peculium



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