The Christian Reception of the Hebrew name of God has not previously been described in such detail and over such an extended period. This work places that varied reception within the context of early Jewish and Christian texts; Patristic Studies; Jewish-Christian relationships; Mediaeval thought; the Renaissance and Reformation; the History of Printing; and the development of Christian Hebraism.
The contribution of notions of the Tetragrammaton to orthodox doctrines and debates is exposed, as is the contribution its study made to non-orthodox imaginative constructs and theologies. Gnostic, Kabbalistic, Hermetic and magical texts are given equally detailed consideration.
There emerge from this sustained and detailed examination several recurring themes concerning the difficulty of naming God, his being and his providence.
Robert J. Wilkinson, Ph.D. (2004) in History, U.W.E. was before retirement Research Fellow at Wesley College and Visiting Fellow in Theology in Bristol. He is author of
Orientalism, Aramaic and Kabbalah in the Catholic Reformation and
The Kabbalistic Scholars of the Antwerp Polyglot Bible. (both Brill 2007).
Tetragrammaton is a wonderful and fascinating book, defined by an expansive scope, judicious illustrations, and clear prose. It is an excellent addition to any library concerned with the early modern period or the history of Jewish-Christian Interaction.”
Benjamin M. Guyer, University of Kansas. In:
Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 47. No. 2 (2016), pp. 463-465.
List of Illustrations
Part One: The Eclipse of the Name
The Tetragrammaton in Jewish Pre-Christian Biblical Texts in Greek and Hebrew
The First Christians and the Tetragrammaton
The Tetragrammaton among the Orthodox in Late Antiquity
The Tetragrammaton among Gnostics and Magicians in Late Antiquity
The Tetragrammaton in Jewish Hebrew Mishnaic, Talmudic, Hekalot, and Biblical Texts in Later Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Part Two: Times of Ignorance
The Tetragrammaton in Mediaeval Scholarship
The Tetragrammaton in Private Devotion and Magic in the Middle Ages
Part Three: The Rediscovery of the Name
The Origins of Printing, Hebrew Printing, and the Growth of Christian Hebraism
The Early Christian Kabbalists and the Tetragrammaton
The Tetragrammaton in Vernacular Bibles, Popular Print, and Illustration
The Tetragrammaton and Scholars at the Time of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations
The Tetragrammaton in Renaissance Magic and among the Later Christian Kabbalists
The Demystification of Language and the Triumph of Philology
Appendix to Chapter Thirteen
Some University Dissertations and Disputations on the Name of God
All those interested in Christian origins, New Testament and Patristic Studies, Jewish-Christian relations, Christian Hebraism, Gnosticism, magic and the occult, as well as philologists, theologians and Church historians.