Franklin

The alphabet of nature / by F.M. van Helmont ; translated with an introduction and annotations by Allison P. Coudert and Taylor Corse.

Author/Creator:
Helmont, Franciscus Mercurius van, 1614-1699.
Standardized Title:
Alphabeti vere naturalis Hebraici brevissima delineatio. English
Publication:
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2007.
Series:
Aries Book Series 3.
Aries book series ; v. 3
Brill eBook titles 2007
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (263 p.)
Subjects:
Cabala and Christianity -- Early works to 1800.
Hebrew language -- Alphabet -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- Early works to 1800.
Hebrew language -- Alphabet -- Religious aspects -- Judaism -- Early works to 1800.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
F. M van Helmont’s Alphabet of Nature was one of many books published about language in the early modern period. The “language debate,” as it has come to be called, was a topic of compelling interest to major figures such as Reuchlin, Rabelais, Paracelsus, Agrippa, Postel, Boehme, Kircher, Hobbes, Descartes, Comenius, Spinoza, Locke, Boyle, Newton, and Leibniz. At issue were profound questions about whether language is natural or artificial, ordained by God or created by man. The answers given entailed a web of consequences that could lead to arrest, imprisonment, even execution. It is therefore not surprising that van Helmont wrote his book while imprisoned in the dungeons of the Roman Inquisition.
Contents:
Preliminary Material / A.P. Coudert and T. Corse
Alphabeti Vere Naturalis Hebraici — A Short Sketch Of The Truly Natural Hebrew Alphabet / A.P. Coudert and T. Corse
Images / A.P. Coudert and T. Corse
Bibliography / A.P. Coudert and T. Corse.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-208) and index.
Contributor:
Corse, Taylor, 1951-
Coudert, Allison, 1941-
ISBN:
1-282-39681-1
9786612396816
90-474-1998-7
OCLC:
505105226
Publisher Number:
10.1163/ej.9789004152304.i-213 DOI
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