Erklärung über Matthäus 10

From Theatrum Paracelsicum
I. Basic information

Printing History, Manuscripts. Not printed before Weimann (1975). One manuscript.

Editions. Not edited by Huser or Sudhoff.

Relationship between different versions. Only one version known.

Structure, genre/form, perspective, style. The second part directly addresses the reader twice.

Relationship to other texts. Refers once to the Apocalypsis Hermetis (§ ‎4.1).

Authenticity, authorship. The text is not taken from any of the known authentic commentaries on Matthew. According to Weimann, syntax and semantics are typically Paracelsian and as a whole the Erklärung seems to be authentic; on the other hand there are strong indications of a later Paracelsian or spiritualist revision of the original text, e.g. the mention of “den von Hohenheim Eremiten.”

Time of writing. Possibly written in the 1530s (if authentic), probably revised in the 1560s or later.

II. Sources


  • Hannover, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek/Niedersächsische Landesbibliothek: Ms. I 22; 4 pages

First printed: not printed before Weimann (1975).

III. Bibliography

Essential bibliography: “Neu entdeckte Paracelsus-Handschriften,” in Paracelsus, Sämtliche Werke, II/3: XXV.

Further bibliographical references:

Karl-Heinz Weimann, “Eine neu aufgefundene Paracelsus-Handschrift,” in Sepp Domandl, ed., Paracelsus. Werk und Wirkung (Vienna, 1975), 353–361.