Jan van Ruusbroec
Opera omnia IV
Dat rijcke der ghelieven. De regno Deum amantium
J. Alaerts (ed.)
511 p., 155 x 245 mm, 2002
Languages: Middle Dutch, Latin, English
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This volume is published after volumes
1-3, 10, 7-7A and 8. It is certain that Dat rijcke der ghelieven was
Ruusbroec's first treatise and it was written in Brussels (possibly
ca. 1338). His next work, Die geestelike brulocht, takes a good number
of themes from the first treatise and expands them considerably, while
the fundamental vision of the ordinary and mystical life of prayer is
identical in the two works. The three levels of spiritual life (the
'active' life, the 'life of longing', and the
'superessential life'), forming the principal structure of
Brulocht, are already determinative for the structure of the first
treatise. However, the treatment of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
in Rijcke is mainly a literary procedure. Ruusbroec's first
audience of readers/listeners consisted of a few priests and their
friends. The Middle Dutch text is based on a critical study of all
manuscripts. Besides the Middle Dutch text the edition contains a new
American-English translation and the Latin translation by L.Surius
O.Carth (1552). The edition of the Middle Dutch text is critically
recontructive. The text is accompanied by a variant apparatus,
paleographic annotations, a source apparatus, a textcritical commentary
and a lemmatized vocabulary with localizations.