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Nova Demonstratio, quâ ex 30. primi principii seu veri omnium Domini nominibus probatur Deus Christianorum notum distincte et cultum fuisse a sapientibus antiquis Sinarum. Shi genben zhenzai mingjian 識根本真宰明鑒. [Jap-Sin IV, 5 C]
AuthorBouvet, Joachim 白晉, 1656-1730
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Daten.d.Phys. Desc.pdf. [23 [i.e. 60] p. ; 29.2 x 20.2 cm]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberBV3427.B62 S7433
Jap-Sin IV, 5 C

Nova Demonstratio, quâ ᅵ ex 30. primi principii seu veri ᅵ omnium Domini nominibus ᅵ probatur Deus Christianorum notum distincte et cultum fuisse ᅵ a sapientibus antiquis Sinarum.
29.2 x 20.2 cm.
The whole manuscript is written in Chinese characters. The main text consists of twenty folios with two covers on both sides. Chinese ink on Chinese bamboo paper. The margin of the manuscript is bound by paper tapes.
The Latin handwriting is that of Bouvet’s, while the Chinese characters are written by a Chinese. Both the cover and folio 1 give the title in Chinese: Shi genben zhenzai mingjian 識根本真宰明鑒. The short preface in Chinese might have been written by Bouvet himself or might be a translation from an original text written by Bouvet. The text reads:

天地人物真宰,乃萬有之根本,本乃人之要務,各子弟必先明識其本,而後時時事事尊敬向之。千世萬方之民,皆係同胞兄弟,由一原祖而出,原為一家,一理,一教,初則明識根本。故上古先師立各等尊號,載在經書。
而詳釋之,率人敬向一真宰。自分方而成萬園,理教亦分,根本漸不明矣。 我西土先時亦大不宰,根本甚不明,後蒙造物主開捕,幸得 天主聖教真經, 後明天本,識認真宰精微
。 中華自遭秦火,典籍失傅,論根本諸文之原意,混睛不明,然經書猶概 尚存。今據天主聖經之旨,讀中華經書,凡古今論天主真宰之文號,擇其極 精粹者,一一集列之,成一復識根本真宰明鑒焉。

The verso of folio 1 v gives thirty-one names for the Supreme Lord 根本真宰尊號 which appeared in ancient Chinese writings:

帝 。 古蒂 。 上帝 。 天地 。 帝天 。上皇 。皇天 。 昊天 。 上天 。 天 。 天之主宰 。 主宰 。 眞宰 。 宰。 主。 造物者。 道理 。 道。 理 。 自然 。 無名 。 神 。 陰陽 。 乾坤 。 父母 。 天地 (古主字)。 唯一 。 太極 。 太一 。 三一 。

Each of the names is marked with a red circle and references are given as to where they can be found. Some of the punctuations are in red ink. Among the books referred to are: Yijing 易, Shijing 詩,Shujing 書, Zhongyong 中庸,Lunyu 論語, Mengzi 孟子, Shiji 史記, Hanshu 漢書, Laozi 老子,Zhuangzi 莊子, Liezi 列子, Huainan 准南, Guanyinzi 關尹子, Zhengmeng 正蒙, Tongshu 通書, Liji 禮記, Zongxing tu 總星圖, Pinzi jian 品字箋, Shuowen 說文, Xingli huitong 性理會通 and Zhuzi 朱子.
The folios 15- 20 contain a treatise on the Trinity: Tianzhu sanyi lun 天主三一論.

Cf. J. Gatty,“Les recherches de Joachim Bouvet (1656-1730)," in Actes du Colloque international de Sinologie (La mission française de Pékin aux XVIIe et XVIIe siècles), Paris 1976, pp. 141-162 ; p. 145 (no. 20- 22).

Local access folder ARSI Jap-Sin I-IV under Jap-Sin IV-5C.pdf.
Online at ARSI via Internet Archive.

Subject(s)God (Name)--China--Sources
God--Names--China--Sources
Rec. TypeManuscript (pdf)LanguageLatin, Chinese
CollectionARSI, and Ricci Institute LibraryRec. #19643