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.


  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"

  2. High Middle German Angang = Anfang.

    See Jelinek, Mittelhochdeutsches Wörterbuch in loc.