On the Mystical Shape of the Godhead: Basic Concepts in the by Gershom Scholem

By Gershom Scholem

"A significant contribution to our realizing of the Kabbalah."
--Arthur eco-friendly, Professor of Jewish idea, Brandeis University

In the Zohar and different writings of the Kabbalah, Jewish mystics constructed techniques and logos to assist them penetrate secrets and techniques of the cosmos that can not be understood via cause or mind. those rules approximately God, people, and production proceed to fascinate and impact non secular seekers of all persuasions today.

In transparent and easy-to-understand prose, Gershom Scholem, the pioneer of the trendy research of Jewish mysticism explains the elemental ideas of the Kabbalah: the magical "form of the imageless God"; solid and evil; the Tsaddik or righteous soul; the Shekhinah, the female element of God; gilgul, the transmigration of souls; and tselem, the concept that of the astral physique. For someone trying to flavor the mysteries of the Kabbalah, this is often a vital publication.

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1. 43A–45D). This theme is reprised at the beginning of the third Oration (Ar. 3. 1, cf. 3. 324C, cf. g. his treatise On the Council of Nicaea, written sometime in the 350s, where he writes, ‘Even if the Father is called unoriginated, the Word is still also the Image of the Father and of one essence (›ìïïýóØïò) with him. Being Image, he is other than originated things and other than all; for he has identity and likeness with the One whose Image he is’ (decr. 30. 3: Opitz, 26; trans. Anatolios, Athanasius (2004), 209).

Eph. e. 116 Rather than spelling out the 112 In his Orations against the Arians (Ar. 3. 404C–408B), Athanasius interprets Jesus’ prayer in John 17: 1, ‘Glorify your Son,’ as a reference to the Word’s gloriWcation of his Xesh, through which he both sanctiWes and deiWes humankind. Towards the end of his public career, in a Letter to Adelphius (ep. Adelph. 370 ce), Athanasius likewise aYrms that the Word’s ‘gloriWcation’ of the body in the Incarnation took place ‘in order that he might deify us in himself .

129 In this way, Athanasius presents Christ’s body as the 124 Dale Martin, The Corinthian Body, 16–17 (quote from 16). On the pervasiveness of this cosmological view of the body in ancient philosophy, astrology, drama, and medicine, see also Leonard Barkan, Nature’s Work of Art, 8–30; Ruth Padel, In and Out of the Mind, 43–4; and James Longrigg, Greek Rational Medicine, 46). Martin also cites evidence for a similar world view in ancient magical papyri: see especially Papyri Graecae Magicae IV. , i.

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