Thursday, January 03, 2008

Am angang was das wort

Over the Christmas break we payed a visit to the marvellous Fitzwilliam Museum and I noticed an interesting piece of NT reception-history. Engraved on an 18th century hunting sword were the words: "Am angang was das wort, wud das wort was bei Gott, und Gott was das Wort."
Unfortunately I can't find an image, but more details are available here. For an earlier contribution to this theme (use of the NT on lethal weapons) see the lower picture here.

2 comments:

  1. Where they really the words, cos the German is really badly falsche.

    "Am Anfang war das Wort, und das Wort war bei Gott, und Gott war das Wort"

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  2. maurice a robinson10:28 pm, January 04, 2008

    High Middle German Angang = Anfang.

    See Jelinek, Mittelhochdeutsches Wörterbuch in loc.

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