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Greek Qabalah: Alphabetic Mysticism and Numerology in the Ancient World Paperback – 1 Jan 2000

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578631106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578631100
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Restores the factual basis of alphabetic numerology and symbolism in order to provide an accurate background upon which to base the more popular studies of numerology, Qabalah, enneagram, divination, and similar topices of interest to new age readers.

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A landmark new work in its field, The Greek Qabalah uses extensive academic research to reach what some may consider to be a controversial conclusion -- that the literal Hebrew Qabalah actually has Greek origins. Drawn from a vast array of ancient authorities and archaeological evidence -- from Aristotle to Zosimus, from Pythagoras to St. Paul, from Egyptian papyri to graffiti at Pompeii -- Kieren Barry carefully documents the use of the alphabet in philosophy, religion, oracles, and magic in the ancient world. He takes you on a journey through history, from the dawn of the alphabet, to the late Byzantine Era, following the continuous evolution of alphabetic symbolism from the number-mysticism of Pythagoras, to the Greek philosophers, the Egyptian magicians of Alexandria, the Romans, the Gnostics, the early Church Fathers, the Neoplatonists, and the Jews. Special attention is also given to the topical use of the Qabalah in the Bible, Gnosticism, and in the recently discovered Nag Hammadi Codices.

Also included are appendices containing tables of alphabetic symbolism, a list of ancient authors, and a numerical dictionary of several thousand Greek words, which represents the largest collection of gematria or isopsephy yet available in print. The Greek Qabalah is a revolutionary work that will be of enduring interest to a wide range of readers, including students of ancient history and early Christianity, Qabalists, and modern magicians, for many years to come.

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By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
The Greek Qabalah is a landmark new work in its field, with extensive academic research and a conclusion that is bound to be controversial in some quarters-namely the Greek origins of the literal Hebrew Qabalah. Drawing from a vast array of ancient authorities and archaeological evidence from Aristotle to Zosimus, from Pythagoras to St. Paul, from Egyptian papyri to graffiti at Pompeii, Kieren Barry carefully documents the use of the alphabet in philosophy, religion, oracles, and magic in the ancient world. Barry takes you on a journey through history, from the dawn of the alphabet over a millennium before Christ to the late Byzantine Era, following the continuous evolution of alphabetic symbolism from the number-mysticism of Pythagoras, through to the Greek philosophers, the Egyptian magicians of Alexandria, the Romans, the Gnostics, the early Church Fathers, the Neoplatonists, and the Jews. Special attention is also given to the topical use of the Qabalah in the Bible, Gnosticism, and in the recently discovered Nag Hammadi Codices.
The Greek Qabalah is a book that will be of interest to a wide range of readers, from students of Ancient History and early Christianity, to Qabalists and modern magicians. Extensive notes and citations from original sources will make this revolutionary and authoritative work an essential reference for researchers and practitioners for many years to come. Also included are appendices for tables of alphabetic symbolism, a list of authors, and a numeric dictionary of several thousand Greek words, which represents the largest collection of gematria or isopsephy yet available in print.
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A well-researched little volume that contains much promise. Hopefully the author will consider bringing out a searchable, Kindle edition - which I would happily pay again for. (The book seems to go up in price on Amazon sometimes - it might be worth shopping around to buy.)
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This is a proper reasoned scholarly and yet accessible study of a subject which is ignored by many academics as a field fit only for cranks. It's how people thought and may be difficult from the way that most scholars think in these post-Enlightenment times. We should be careful not to project our own standards back into the past but rather try to see the ancient world through the eyes of those who inhabited it.
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