“Looking for the Zohar in the New Testament”: The Lost Messias puer of Christian Knorr von Rosenroth between Kabbalah and Biblical Studies

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Abstract

Christian Knorr von Rosenroth was the author of a work called Messias puer, which universally has been considered lost. This article seeks to demonstrate that a manuscript currently catalogued as Historiæ evangelicæ initium is, in fact, this lost work of Knorr. Knorr’s involvement in the study of the Jewish mystical tradition enabled him to develop new and original insights in his reading of the New Testament. Furthermore, his use of comparative philology points to him as a significant precursor in the development of biblical studies.

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