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Lautensack’s Diagrams: An Introduction

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In the early 1530s Paul Lautensack began to express his unconventional theological views in highly complex drawings, which by 1535 were integrated into diagrams. The small fields give names of biblical Books and Ancestors of Christ, whereas the larger sections present biblical quotations, which break off in mid-sentence, with a letter in a circle and an isolated noun written in bold as the heading. Drawings show single stars and candlesticks as well as two scenes from Revelation. This diagram shows that Lautensack handled his grids very freely. Each page is divided into three horizontal blocks, and each of these blocks has two halves with similar structures. Lautensack regarded writing his tracts as 'unlocking' the Bible, as revealing its hidden meaning through a restructuring of the text but without adding human comments. This chapter explains Lautensack's groups of single words.

Keywords: Ancestors of Christ; biblical Books; biblical quotations; Paul Lautensack's diagrams; Paul Lautensack's single words

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