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Die Verwandlung des Nebucadnezar: Medizin

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The exegetes of the 16th and 17th century should combine the transformation of Nebucadnezar with a very related phenomenon, the Lycanthropy, that is differed from the biblical episode only by their demonic nature. This chapter presents an overview on the transformation registered in the exegesis of the Church Fathers and the Middle Ages. The founding fathers of biblical interpretation are looking for the transformation of the king according to a symbolic meaning. The experience of reality of bestialization of man and the apparent paradigm of his ability to transform into an animal were the early modern theology of marauding and diabolical creatures. The most comprehensive defense of the whole epoch of animal transformation, which considers even the case of Nebuchadnezzar, does not come from the pen of a passionate Demonologist, but arises under the chairmanship of a genuine philosopher, Jacob Tho-Masius. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: Church Fathers; Lycanthropy; Middle Ages; Nebuchadnezzar



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