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The Chaldean Oracles: Text, Translation and Commentary Hardcover – 24 Mar 2013

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Trust (24 Mar. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1898910537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898910534
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Chaldean Oracles hold a special place in the development of the Platonic tradition - they gave a new impetus and inspiration to a number of philosophers now known as neoplatonists. The extant fragments of the Oracles have been the subject of several studies in the modern era: since its publication in 1989 this presentation of the Chaldean Oracles in parallel text and translation with Ruth Majercik's detailed notes and analysis has established itself as the modern baseline for scholarly work upon the Oracles. This is a facsimile edition of that publication.

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The Chaldean Oracles are a early example of a channeled text, presenting West Semitic religion but using the vocabulary of Greek philosophy. Unfortunately the text was lost in Byzantine times, leaving only the fragments quoted by pagan theologians. Like Biblical quotations in Christian theologians, these have been chosen to make the writers' point; indeed, the very process of quotation excludes any the material with which the author disagrees. Consequently, it can be difficult to be sure of the original teachings. Nevertheless, the text continues to intrigue. This is the standard modern version of the Greek text, with translation and commentary. Occasionally Majercik alters the text established by Kroll, usually for the worse, and the translation, though accurate, often uses jargon rather than normal English: "the Intellect does not exist without the Intelligible". Unfortunately, the commentary is on the Greek text and all the quotations within it are untranslated. For the classical scholar this edition is invaluable, but the general reader will be better off with Mead's translation. The Prometheus Trust are to be congratulated for re-issuing this work at a reasonable price.
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By Lee on 12 Sept. 2015
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Firstly, The publishers sent a quality book very quickly and at a reasonable price. My thanks for that. The work it self is a serious scholarly effort to produce the Greek original fragments with an introduction, translation and commentary. This is not a frivolous effort pandering to New Age sensitivities. Here is the best text you can get in English of an effort to construct a system of belief to Challenge Christianity. It is not a collection of ancient truths past down from the ages. It failed. As such it is of interest in posing the question of why people found Christianity preferable to the panoply of spirits, Gods and heroes summoned by rituals to statues. For me the answer to this would be that the Oracles are elitist, offer no duties to other people and in the end ineffective when faced with a popular religion.
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By Critical "I" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an essential book for those who are interested in theurgy or neo-platonism. BUT: Here's what you need to know. This very book that you are looking at here on this page can be purchased directly from the publisher from Amazon.co.uk for about $49.00 U.S. dollars, including standard shipping. That's what I just did. Don't get hosed.
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HASH(0x8dee4450) out of 5 stars A fine translation of the surviving fragments of what the ancient ... 15 Dec. 2014
By N. Sarras - Published on Amazon.com
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A fine translation of the surviving fragments of what the ancient Greeks knew as the Chaldean Oracles, with the original Greek facing the English translation. This is as good as it gets -- that is, until someone miraculously unearths an ancient group of scrolls containing the original text... Or until some scholar finds an early medieval translation in some monastery somewhere. This book represents an important resource into the religious mind of the Mediterranean world two thousand years ago.
HASH(0x8e8fc600) out of 5 stars Library Essential 27 April 2016
By Metatron - Published on Amazon.com
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Hmmm. You really do get what you pay for: a sturdy, translation of the Chaldean oracles. Have a magic library? This book is a must have.
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HASH(0x8ea8ca68) out of 5 stars Interlinear Classic Texts of Theurgy 28 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This version of Chaldean Oracles is new academic study results than those of Thomas Tayler or Westcott. Most preferble point is the style of interlinear with Greek originals/English translations. Some theurgists or practical magicians need to check reliabilities of Westcott translations. So this book is Good choice to examine.
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