Erklärung über Lukas 1

From Theatrum Paracelsicum
Declaratio super dictum Lucae cap. 1 v. 35
Explicatio salutationis angelicae
Declaratio spiritus sanctus superveniet in te

I. Basic information

Printing History, Manuscripts. First edited by Johannes Staricius in 1618. Three manuscripts.

Editions. Not edited by Huser or Sudhoff.

Relationship between different versions. Only one version known.

Structure, genre/form, perspective, style.

Relationship to other texts.

Authenticity, authorship. According to Gantenbein “possibly inauthentic, having been handed down in none of the early manuscripts. […] Quite untypical for authentic Paracelsian theology is the consistent use of alchemical terminology.” Sudhoff noted: “It is worth noting that this allegorical writing is completely absent from all the older manuscripts and we encounter it only in relatively late manuscripts.” “Another dubious writing […] most likely written by late Paracelsists,” according to Czifra.

Time of writing. Possibly written in the 1590s.

II. Sources


  • Kopenhagen, Det Kongelige Bibliotek: GKS 1396 kvart, f. 215v–223r
  • Roma, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana: Reg. lat. 1344, f. 119r–122v
  • Salzburg, Salzburg Museum: Hs 840 (olim Paracelsiana 160), f. 93*v–98*v
  • Wrocław/Breslau, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka: R 2316, f. 103v [fragment copied from the 1618 edition]

First printed:

  • 1618 (in: Philosophia de limbo […] Doctoris Aurelij Philippi Theophrasti Paracelsi ab Hohenhaim, ed. Johannes Staricius (Magdeburg: Johann Francke, 1618); VD17 23:263455M; Sudhoff, Bibliographia Paracelsica, 508–511 n° 303).
III. Bibliography

Essential bibliography: Sudhoff, Bibliographia Paracelsica, 511; Sudhoff, Paracelsus-Handschriften, 607, 614, 618, 665, 796 n° 127

Further bibliographical references:

Nikolaus Czifra, Paracelsus’ Abendmahlschriften. Überlieferung und Kontext, PhD thesis (Salzburg, 2014), 30, 42, 48, 126.

Urs Leo Gantenbein, “The New Adam: Jacob Böhme and the Theology of Paracelsus (1493/94–1541),” in Jacob Böhme and His World, ed. Bo Andersson et al. (Leiden, 2019), 166–196.