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Re: Torah and Talmud imagery in the Tarot de Marseilles

Interesting question regarding the lion in Daniel's Den versus Sampson. Three possible reasons: 1) Sampson is remembered as a great hero, but he's far from a paragon of virtue. While he kills a lot of Philistines, he also gets into trouble due to his habit of visiting prostitutes. (judges 16) 2) The...

Re: Torah and Talmud imagery in the Tarot de Marseilles

Well I am learning more and more that when it comes to Tarot history I know very little. Two messages I would like the Tarot history community to know: 1) In the Tarot de Marseilles, especially the Noblet, it is possible to glean a tremendous amount of Talmudic imagery, that, to me, is far beyond me...

Re: Torah and Talmud imagery in the Tarot de Marseilles

I am very knowledgeable about Torah, Talmud and Jewish history but my knowledge of Tarot history is rudimentary at best. Here is what I see: In earlier Trifoni decks pre-1500 I see nothing uniquely Jewish in any of the decks I have seen online. In the ~1500 Tarot that Robert Place says was commissio...

Re: Torah and Talmud imagery in the Tarot de Marseilles

If we proceed with the assumption that my theory is correct the primary languages of concern to the people making the first template of the Tarot de Marseilles would be Hebrew first and foremost and secondly Spanish and perhaps Portugese. (The Marrano Jews in Ferara were from the Iberian Peninsula a...

Re: Torah and Talmud imagery in the Tarot de Marseilles

Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I concede it is nearly all circumstantial. But, arguably, it's a large portion of circumstantial. If you see specific holes in the timeline or thesis please do let me know. Critical feedback appreciated. (Actually there is one piece of evidence that may be beyond ...

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