- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; First Edition edition (8 Nov. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738705934
- ISBN-13: 978-0738705934
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,889,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Keys to the Kingdom: Jesus and the Mystic Kabbalah Paperback – 8 Nov 2004
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Are Jesus' teachings based on Kabbalism? How do the Ten Commandments tie into the Tree of Life? Is the Lord's Prayer a Kabbalist invocation? Migene Gonzalez-Wippler reveals secrets of the Bible and the life of Jesus in her intriguing introduction to the Christian Kabbalah.
About the Author
Migene Gonzalez-Wippler was born in Puerto Rico and has degrees in psychology and anthropology from the University of Puerto Rico and from Colombia University. She has worked as a science editor for the Interscience Division of John Wiley, the American Institute of Physics, and the American Museum of Natural History, and as an English editor for the United Nations in Vienna, where she lived for many years. She is a cultural anthropologist and lectures frequently at universities and other educational institutions.
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Jesus was born a Jew and raised as a Jew. Moreover, he even taught principles that in his time were described simply as a sect of Judaism. In this way, as a Jew and as a teacher of Judaism, Jesus would likely have had to adhere to certain restrictions and would have been privy to certain aspects of the Kabbalah. Keys to the Kingdom: Jesus and the Mystic Kabbalah explores these aspects comparing them to biblical accounts and comes up with some very intriguing ideas.
Keys to the Kingdom: Jesus and the Mystic Kabbalah is an extremely well written book. The author has provide a well researched and expertly presented information on the Kabbalah, compiling information that one usually only finds after reading dozens of rather complex and difficult to understand texts on the subject. Moreover, the author poses some very intriguing and important questions about the life of Jesus and the nature of our biblical accounts.
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The second section on the Kabbalah itself is generally well written, and discusses some of the development, but mostly focuses on the "practical" or "magical" Kabbalah, as opposed to kabbalistic teachings and the elements therein that tie most directly back to Jesus' teacings.
The third section, where she attempts to tie it all together, again has some promise, especially around her central theme of the Paternoster as a kabbalistic work, but is falls short again with some pretty adical theories about Jesus being a famous kabbalistic teacher referred to in historical texts and Yeheshuha of the first century in works by Aryeh Kaplan and others. Again, not impossible, but so improbable and not supported in scholarly research elsewhere as to call other less controversial elements of the book into question.
Finally, the meditative and ritualistic components are generally easy to follow and understand, and I am sure have some value if practiced.
End of the day, the first 30 pages were great, and then it was an up and down ride to the end. If you have interest in the topic, you may find it an interesting read.
I would say without a doubt that this book coupled with Kabbalah for the Modern World will be far and away the two best books to learn Kabbalah from.