Francis Mercury Van Helmont's Sketch of Christian Kabbalism.: Translated and Edited by Sheila A. Spector

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BRILL, May 10, 2012 - Religion - 192 pages
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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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Independent scholar Sheila A. Spector (Ph.D. 1976, University of Maryland), published the book-length bibliography Jewish Mysticism (Garland, 1984), and Glorious Incomprehensible”: The Development of Blake's Kabbalistic Language, and “Wonders Divine”: The Development of Blake's Kabbalistic Myth (both Bucknell UP, 2001).

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