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Paul, the poet of God


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sequel Reviews Paul, Paulus or São Paulo by Teixeira de Pascoaes (2)

Recently my pilgrim friend Ernestien gave her review on Paul, Paulus or São Paulo (1934) by the Portuguese nobleman, poet and mystic Teixeira de Pascoaes on pilgrim-books/topic5502.html?hilit=Teixeira#p31728 .
Earlier on Dutch forums a few pilgrim friends published their reviews on Paul, Paulus or São Paulo by Teixeira de Pascoaes and/or The Way of Saint James (1920/2008) by Georgiana Goddard King, giving interesting views on our protagonists.
More of these reviews will follow asap; here's Henk Flinterman's first contribution:


Paul, the poet of God, an introduction

Whenever I hear the name of Jacob (Yes, Santiago is Jacob, Jacobus, James) I always think of the portrait, that the unforgettable Portuguese writer Teixeira de Pascoaes, scetched of him in his book on Paul, the poet of God. A few quotations to illustrate this:

[26] Barnabas introduces him (Paul) to various disciples of the Messiah, John, Peter and Jacob; the Pillars of the Mother Church in Jerusalem. Of the three only Jacob lives exclusively as a Pillar and in pure Jewish style. The Greek and Egyptian Pillars spread out like a stylised flower, the Jewish ending in a dried up, warped root, warped by seeking for a drop of water - to a heaven in the hell.

To further this:
[27] Jacob distrusts Paul completely and keeps his distance. Jacob is complely imprisoned by his dry holiness of Jew, who loves the Law more than his Brother. He is always kneeling on the marble in his temple, praying to God for his People. He always has callouses on his knies, like a camel, who kneels to receive his load in the same humble and penitent posture as someone who prays.

And lastly
[35] The fanatical and completely determined Christians of Jabob's kind, cannot forgive him his past and his internationale conception of Christianity.

So far the citations.

In the meantime, since I was asked to contibute to this series, I have learned a great deal more about this Jacob. However, the first thing that came into my head, which has since found a place, are the precise passages in that remarkable, self-willed, poetic, yes mysterious book by this special Portuguese.

Per pedes Apostolorum,
Henk Flinterman
The Hague, Spring 20009


PS by Geert Bakker (aka PILGRIMSPLAZA on this forum):
[*] The page numbers refer to my third print "translated from the Portuguese by A.V. Thelen and our famous Dutch poet Hendrik Marsman", published by J.H. Meulenhoff, Amterdam. Henk allowed me to read this before I bought it. I found that very special for a bookshop keeper and later something else remarkable happened. After receiving Henk´s manuscript I made my usual Saturday down town bookshop tour and found another three copies. In one there was a review by GJ Geers which began: "I have wrestled with this book and it has conquered me." That happened to me too and it helped a lot to understand better the true nature of our 'James'!

You may be asking now "What has all this to do with Georgiana King?" and then the answer would be "Everything!" For a quarter of a century I have asked myself what exactly Jacob was looking for in Santiago. King gives many partial answers to this burning question, but, after reading Teixeira, I suddenly got the picture: Jacob had to take his distance from Paul and go to the end of the then known world: Cabo Fisterra.
Henk Flinterman's thoughts also helped me to understand the cult of Santiago better.

Pictures of Teixeira and his book are also shown in Re: Pilgrimage to Heresy: Don't Believe Everything They Tell You by PILGRIMSPLAZA on March 9th, 2008, 1:11 am on miscellaneous-topics/topic3554.html?hilit=Teixeira#p20259 .

Also see: Re: The Santiago Enigma -Ja’akov & Jacobus– is the name a sign? on miscellaneous-about-santiago/topic3794.html in 7. Ja’akov en Jacobus – Is the name a Sign here?

More on Teixeira de Pascoaes:
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- http://portugal.poetryinternationalweb. ... bj_id=4658 -
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- : Hieronymus, de dichter der vriendschap / Paulus de dichter Gods (vertaling, samen met Albert Vigoleis Thelen) - 1939 -
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- Marsman.doc

on Paul:
- St Paul revisited on miscellaneous-about-santiago/topic6393.html?hilit=paul#p37488
- Re: St Paul revisited on miscellaneous-about-santiago/topic6393.html?hilit=paul#p37583
- Paul, the poet of God on pilgrim-books/topic5746.html?hilit=paul#p33591
- Reviews Paul, Paulus or São Paulo by Teixeira de Pascoaes (1 on
- More in .


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