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.