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Bibil Identifier bibil:259839
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Gnosticism and Kabbalah
Author Schneider, Michael
Edited book The Gnostic World
Year (Reference) 2019
Language English
Pages 369-381 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract A short time after the beginning of Humanistic Hebraism and Christian Kabbalah, the first reflections about the Kabbalah and Gnosticism appear. Cornelius Agrippa, with little sympathy for either, claims that “Ophites, Gnosticks, and Valentinians” came from kabbalistic superstitions. As an example of kabbalistic speculation in Gnosticism, he mentions the “Body of Truth,” in which the Anthropos is composed of letters, as envisioned by Marcus, Valentinus’s disciple (Agrippa, De incertitudine et vanitate scientiarum declamatio invectiva [1531], pp. 64v-65f). This example remains relevant in modern discussions on the topic. Over time, the concept of the connection between Gnosticism and Kabbalah gained some popularity, especially during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (Stroumsa 1993). Hegel describes Kabbalah and Gnosticism as two connected doctrines stemming from Philo (Hegel 2006: 327–9).
DOI 10.4324/9781315561608-35
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 20th century : Scholem, Gershom
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Knowledge
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Demiurge
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