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Typology – Back with a Vengeance! Texts, Images, and Marginal Glosses in Vorsterman’s 1534 Dutch Bible

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This chapter discusses visual exegesis and typology in Willem Vorsterman's Dutch Bible. The translation was reflected in the marginal glosses to (and even in the main text of) Vorsterman's Bible. Most interesting are the typological explications, which, in line with a medieval tradition, point to Old Testament motifs as a prefiguration of the mysteries of the faith, and of the salutary events in the life of Christ, as well as of his mother Mary. The chapter deals with annotations juxtaposed with illustrative material that constitute the kind of visual exegesis. It sketches the evolution of the illustration program of Vorsterman's Bibles. Vorsterman had a more traditional audience in mind when he decided to provide his largely 'vulgatized' text with typological explications, in addition to merely explicatory glosses and chronological connections.

Keywords: marginal glosses; Old Testament motifs; visual exegesis; visual typology; Willem Vorsterman's Dutch Bible



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