Oedipus Judaicus: Allegory in the Old Testament. Sir William DRUMMOND.

Oedipus Judaicus: Allegory in the Old Testament.

Wellingborough, England: Research Into Lost Knowledge Organisation Thorsons, 1986. Facsimile reprint. Softcover. Octavo. lxxxii + 28pp b/w illustrations + 382pp. Color illustrated covers. The best known work by Sir William Drummond (1770-1828), in which he argued that sections of the Old Testament was actually an allegorical interpretation of the astrological / astronomical beliefs and writings of the ancients. Drawing on authorities such as Kircher, he explored in particular the zodiacs, planispheres, and pantheons of the Egyptians and ancient Hebrew tribes, illustrating his work with engravings taken from the Zodiac of Dendera and other sources. If not outright heretical, the work was certainly challenging to religious orthodoxy, and it managed to attract some controversy in the years after its original publication (1811). Very light shelf rubbing to panels and chafing to extremities, else a tight, clean VG+ copy. Item #67372
ISBN: 0902103121


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