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Il simbolismo della “scrittura ad occhi” nel Liber misteriorum venerabilium (Shimmushei Torah)

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Aspetti di un peculiare retaggio della magia ebraica medievale

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This article examines some aspects of the characteres and nomina sacra and of their use in the Liber misteriorum venerabilium (ms. Chigi A. VI. 190, ff. 360r – v). This text is a Latin translation of Shimmushei Torah, done by Flavius Mithridates for Giovanni Pico della Mirandola at the end of the 15th c. The treatise elaborates the potentialities of the names of God that are taken from the text of the Torah through specific techniques of alphabetical permutation. The divine names are also construed graphically as seals (characteres). The “venerable mysteries” alluded to in the title consist in the secreta relating to the virtus of the “sign” (signum), taken in its double aspect of “name” (nomen) and of “seal” (sigillum). This study proposes to consider the nomina and the sigilla as as a kind of visual magic, that operates through the medium of writing.

Affiliations: 1: Labex Hastec, Paris


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