Francis Mercury Van Helmont's Sketch of Christian Kabbalism.: Translated and Edited by Sheila A. Spector
Sheila A. Spector s translation of the Sketch of Christian Kabbalism, by Francis Mercury van Helmont (1614-98), is the first English version of the foundational seventeenth-century treatise appended to Knorr von Rosenroth s compendium, the Kabbala Denudata. After a survey of the historical context in general, Jewish and Christian Kabbalah in particular, and a brief biography of van Helmont, Spector s introduction explains how the author adapted the original Jewish myth for Christian purposes. The bilingual text contains a facsimile of the original Latin on one side, facing the English translation on the other, with Van Helmont s footnotes supplemented by the translator s endnotes. The edition is essential for scholars, though of interest to the general reader as well.
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