Gnosis and Hermeticism from Antiquity to Modern Times / Edition 1

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Traces the historical development of Western Esotericism--religious traditions which emphasize the importance of inner enlightenment or gnosis.
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Hermeticist movements from antiquity to the new age movement are discussed in this collection of 18 articles. Topics include the sources and influence of Manichaeism, music and the hermetic tradition, hermeticism in early Rosicrucianism, Christian theosophic literature of the 17th and 18th centuries, William Blake's gnostic myths, and the relation between Karlheinz Stockhausen's composition and gnosticism. Also considered are such key esoteric texts as the , the , and the . Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791436127
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents


1 Gnosticism and Hermetism in Antiquity: Two Roads to Salvation

Roelofvan den Broek

2 Gnostic and Hermetic Ethics

Jean Pierre Mahé

3 Manichaeism: Its Sources and Influences on Western Christianity

Johannes van Oort

4 A Christian Gnostic Text: The Gospel of Truth

Jan Helderman

5 The Asclepius: From the Hermetic Lodge in Alexandria to the Greek Eucharist and the Roman Mass

Gilles Quispel

6 A Reading of the Discourse on the Ogdoad and the Ennead (Nag Hammadi Codex VI.6)

Jean Pierre Mahé

7 The Cathars: Medieval Gnostics?

Roelof van den Broek

8 Renaissance Hermeticism and the Concept of Western Esotericism

Antoine Faivre

9 Francesco Patrizi's Hermetic Philosophy

Cees Leijenhorst

10 Spiritual Alchemy: Interpreting Representative Texts and Images

Karen Claire Voss

11 Music and the Hermetic Tradition

Joscelyn Godwin

12 Hermeticism in Early Rosicrucianism

Roland Edighoffer

13 Christian Theosophic Literature of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Arthur Versluis

14 Romanticism and the Esoteric Connection

Wouter J. Hanegraaff

15 William Blake and His Gnostic Myths

Jos van Meurs

16 Western Esoteric Schools in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Daniël van Egmond

17 Stockhausen's Donnerstag aus Licht and Gnosticism

Joscelyn Godwin

18 The New Age Movement and the Esoteric Tradition

Wouter J. Hanegraaff

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