Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jan Van Ruusbroec: Opera Omnia, Vol. V: Van Den Geesteliken Tabernakel. in Tabernaculum Foederis Commentaria

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jan Van Ruusbroec: Opera Omnia, Vol. V: Van Den Geesteliken Tabernakel. in Tabernaculum Foederis Commentaria

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Jan van Ruusbroec: Opera omnia, Vol. V: Van den geesteliken tabernakel. In tabernaculum foederis commentaria, introd. and ed. Th. Mertens, trans, into English by H. Rolfson, Latin trans, by L. Surius (i 5 52), Corpus Christianomm Continuarlo Mediaevalis 105 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2006). 668 + 776 pp. ISBN 978-2-503-04051-6; 978-2-503-04061-5. euro230.00; euro270.00. The Spiritual Tabernacle' is Ruusbroec's most widely disseminated as well as his longest work and develops the theme of the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant, interpreted in the Victorine tradition of the exegesis of building structures, as standing for the spiritual growth of the good person to perfection and the indwelling of God in man and man in God, setting out the religious basis of the Augustinian foundation at Groenendael, near Brussels, in 1350. It is of particular interest for its elaborate allegories, including precious stones, beasts, and herbs, and the strategy of presenting strongly visualized allegories without resort to actual illustrations. The Middle Dutch text presented, as with previous editions (J. B. David, 1858, and vol. II of the Ruusbroecgenootschap edition of 1932/4), is the 'first version', which has come down to us in seventeen complete manuscripts, including the 'standaardhandschrift' of c. 13 5 6 copied at Groenendael during Ruusbroec's lifetime. The critical apparatus records readings from four of the manuscripts, including representatives of the 'second version' (preserved in seven manuscripts and a fragment, one of the manuscripts being that in the Bodleian Library). …

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