Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Richard Von St. Viktor: 'Benjamin Minor', Deutsch. ein Neu Aufgefundenes Handschriftenfragment. Edition Und Untersuchung

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Richard Von St. Viktor: 'Benjamin Minor', Deutsch. ein Neu Aufgefundenes Handschriftenfragment. Edition Und Untersuchung

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Ernst Haberkern, Richard van St. Viktor. 'Benjamin minor', deutsch. Ein neu aufgefundenes Handschriftenfragment. Edition und Untersuchung, Goppinger Arbeiten zur Germanistik 68; (Goppingen: Kummerle Verlag, 2000). 131 pp. ISBN 3-874-52932-. euro18.00. At the centre of this work is a diplomatic transcription, translation, and facsimile of a manuscript fragment, consisting of two loose leaves, from the Heidelberg Sammlung Eis. In this Haberkern identifies 'eine unvollstandige, paraphrasierende und den Inhalt des Originals stark konzentrierende Wiedergabe' (p. 11) of Richard of St. Victor's treatise Benjamin minor. The majority of the study is allocated to a summary of the biblical narrative of the House of Jacob together with a summary of the Benjamin minor itself, using the version available in the Patrologia Latino (vol. CXCVI, pp. 1-64). A critical edition by Châtillon, Duchet-Suchaux, and Longère is meanwhile available (Sources Chrétiennes 419 (Paris, 1997)). Linguistic analysis of the fragment locates it as an early fifteenth-century manuscript from the Bavarian-Franconian border region, probably around Nuremberg.

The description of the fragment as an anonymous translation of the Benjamin minor'is incorrect; were it actually such a translation, it would be the only known translation of this work into German. The inaccurate description has been adopted in the most recent volume of the Verfasserlexikon (vol. XI (2004), cols 1309f.). In truth the fragment is a section from the treatise Der Aus^zu der Kinder Israel by the Franciscan Marquard von Lindau (d. 1392), of which seventy-six complete manuscripts exist (see N. F. Palmer, Verfasserlexikon, VI (2nd edn 1987), cols 85-93). This incorporates a paraphrase of the Benjamin minor as a point of departure for an extension of the Victorine allegorical method to the Exodus narrative. …

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