Paradise Now: Essays on Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism by April D. DeConick

By April D. DeConick

A considerable creation to the learn of early Jewish and Christian mysticism, this quantity examines significant points of the paranormal culture inside of early Judaism and Christianity. this custom was once based at the trust individual without delay, instantly, and earlier than demise can adventure the divine, both as a rapture adventure or one solicited through a specific praxis. The essays outline and examine the character and practices of mysticism because it emerges inside of early Judaism and Christianity, spotting this emergence inside a number of communal environments. better questions about the connection among hermeneutics and adventure, in addition to the connection among mysticism and apocalypticism also are mentioned, and a considerable bibliography of the sphere is supplied. The ebook is the results of ten years of labor of the Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism unit of the Society of Biblical Literature.

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Fludd. Urriusque Cosmi. Vol. I. Oppenheim. 1617 94 MACROCOSM: Music of the spheres MACROCOSM: Music of the spheres 95 Music of Music of the spheres the spheres "The ancient philosophers assumed that the world consisted of a perfect harmony, namely, from the earth to the starry heavens is a perfect octave. " (A. Kircher, Musurgia universalis). The seven steps of the octave were seen as containing the world, for it is the number seven that links the divine trinity to the quadernity of the elements.

J. d ' Espagnet, Das Ceheime Werk, Nuremberg, 1730) 1 24 OPUS MAGNUM: Genesis in the retort Opus MAGNUM: Genesis in the retort 125 Cenesis Cenesis in the retort in the retort The following series of i l lustrations is taken from the Elementa chemi­ The emblems of the lapis on the crescent moon. Normal gold (lion) must be twice d riven byanti· many (WOlf) in order to lose its impurities. The dragon is philo· sophical quick· silver (Mercury). cae of the Leiden chemistry professor J . e. Barchusen.

P. R. Easson, A hypothetical model for the visionary geography in 'Milton', from: W. Blake, Milton, London. 1979 The astronomer and mathematician John Dee (1 527-1608) used the egg as a glyph for the ethereal heavens, because the orbit of the planets within it forms an oval. ) W. Blake, Milton, 1B04-1808 For Paracelsus "the sky is a shell which separates the world and God's heaven from one another, as does the shell the egg". "The yolk represents the lower sphere. the white the upper; the yolk: earth and water, the white: air and fire".

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