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The Doctrine and Literature of the Kabalah

The Doctrine and Literature of the Kabalah

Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942), mystic and historian, was an influential figure in the occult revival of the nineteenth century. Les mer
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The Doctrine and Literature of the Kabalah

Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942), mystic and historian, was an influential figure in the occult revival of the nineteenth century. Brought up a devout Catholic, he became increasingly involved in spiritualism in his late teens following the death of his sister. Choosing not to enter the priesthood, he pursued instead his interests in occult philosophy. A translator and editor of several alchemical texts in the 1890s, Waite also wrote several histories of magic in his later years. First published in 1902, the present work establishes Kabbalah's significant influence on nineteenth-century occultism. The book chronicles the history of Kabbalist practice from its ancient Hebrew origins to its effect on other branches of the occult, including Rosicrucianism, freemasonry, hermeticism and tarot. Waite also connects noted occultists to Kabbalah, including Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus and Eliphas Levi.

Preface; Book I. Post-Christian Literature of the Jews: 1. Introductory; 2. The occult standpoint; 3. The kabalah and the Talmud; 4. Divisions of the kabalah; Part II. The Doctrinal Content of the Kabalah: 1. The doctrine of the unmanifest god; 2. The doctrine of the ten emanations; 3. The doctrine of the four worlds; 4. The doctrine of the countenances; 5. The instruments of creation; 6. The paths of wisdom; 7. The doctrine of pneumatology; Part III. Source and Authority of the Kabalah: 1. Date and doctrine of the book of formations; 2. Modern criticism of the book of splendour; 3. The date and authorship of the book of splendour; 4. The age of Zoharic tradition; 5. Alleged sources of kabalistic doctrine; 6. Islamic connections of the kabalah; 7. Influence of the kabalah on Jewry; Part IV. The Written Word of Kabalism: First Period: 1. Early kabalistic literature; 2. The book of formation; 3. Connections and dependencies of the book of formation; Part V. The Written Word of Kabalism: Second Period: 1. The book of splendour; 2. The book of concealment; 3. The greater holy synod; 4. The lesser holy synod; 5. The discourse of the aged man; 6. The illustrious book; 7. The faithful shepherd; 8. The hidden things of the law; 9. The secret commentary; 10. The lesser sections of the book of splendour; 11. The ancient and later supplements; Part VI. The Written Word of Kabalism: Third Period: 1. Expositors of the book of splendour; 2. The book of purifying fire; 3. The mysteries of love; 4. Minor literature of kabalism; Book VII: Some Christian Students of the Kabalah: 1. Introductory; 2. Raymond Lully; 3. Picus de Mirandola; 4. Cornelius Agrippa; 5. Paracelsus; 6. John Reuchlin; 7. William Postel; 8. The Rosicrucians; 9. Robert Fludd; 10. Henry More; 11. Thomas Vaughan; 12. Knor von Rosenroth; 13. Ralph Cudworth; 14. Thomas Burnet; 15. Saint-Martin; 16. Eliphas Levi; 17. Two academic critics; 18. The modern school of French kabalism; 19. The kabalah and esoteric Christianity; 20. The kabalah and modern theosophy; Book VIII. The Kabalah and Other Channels of Esoteric tradition: 1. The kabalah and magic; 2. The kabalah and alchemy; 3. The kabalah and astrology; 4. The kabalah and Freemasonry; 5. The kabalah and the tarot; 6. The kabalah and mysticism; Index.

First published in 1902, this book chronicles the history of Kabbalah and demonstrates its significant influence on nineteenth-century occultism.

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