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The Secrets Of Texts: Esoteric Hermeneutics

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In a recent analysis, Christina Brandt demonstrated how the genetic code became a central element of a wide discursive reorientation of the life sciences. Such an observation is certainly correct. But in the author opinion these developments are even more important than Brandt has it. On the one hand, they are not really new but engrained in Western cultural history, a fact that shows in this chapter. All representatives of early modern esotericism were influenced by the Jewish kabbalah to a greater or lesser degree. This influence became more evident, the more Hebrew texts were available in Latin translation. The movement that today is called humanism was a highly polemical project. At first glance, academic philology of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries may look like a sober revaluation of religious texts.

Keywords: Christian Kabbalah; esoteric hermeneutics; humanistic philology



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