Hidden Wisdom: Esoteric Traditions And The Roots Of Christian Mysticism

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This book investigates the problem of esoteric traditions in early Christianity, their origin and their transformation in Patristic hermeneutics, in the West as well as in the East. It argues that these traditions eventually formed the basis of nascent Christian mysticism in Late Antiquity. These esoteric traditions do not reflect the influence of Greek Mystery religions, as has often been claimed, but rather seem to stem from the Jewish background of Christianity. They were adopted by various Gnostic teachings, a fact which helps explaining their eventual disappearance from Patristic literature. The eleven chapters study each a different aspect of the problem, including the questions of Gnostic and Manichaean esotericism. This book will be of interest to all students of religious history in Late Antiquity. Revised and extended paperback edition. Originally published in 1996. Please click here for details.

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Cultural Hermeneutics in Late Antiquity
Esoteric Traditions in Early Christianity
III Gnostic Secret Myths
IV Esotericism in Manis Thought and Background
New Testament Canonization in Context
Esoteric Trends in Patristic Hermeneutics
VII Clement Origen and Jewish Esoteric Traditions
Augustine and the End of Ancient Esotericism
IX From Esotericism to Mysticism in Early Christianity
X Mystical Descents
JudaeoChristian and Gnostic Theologies of the Name
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Pagina 1 - Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification.
Pagina xiv - To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

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Guy G. Stroumsa, Ph.D. (1978), Harvard, is Martin Buber Professor of Comparative Religion and Director of the Center for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of Another Seed: Studies in Gnostic Mythology (Brill, 1984), Savoir et salut: traditions juives et tentations dualistes dans le christianisme ancien (Paris, 1972) and Barbarian Philosophy: the Religious Revolution of Early Christianity (Tübingen, 1999).

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