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Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Much has been written about Esotericism in the last two centuries. In two massive volumes it covers every aspect of pagan, Jewish, and Christian religious discourses and phenomena traditionally labeled gnosticism, hermeticism, astrology, magic, the “occult sciences,” esoteric religion, and much more. See also a detailed review of this Dictionary by Boudewijn Koole.

Table of Contents A selection of entries: Voices of Gnosticism Miguel Conner. Attempts to suppress it caused the loss of many of its defining documents, while authorities hounded many of his large representative groups out of existence.

Mary Magdalene Lynn Picknett. There is no reference like it for its range and the objectivity of its coverage.

The Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism promises to be the pre-eminent reference work of its kind for many years to come. He has published extensively on modern and contemporary Western esotericism.

Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

Enso added it May 08, If you can only buy one volume on esotericism, this should be the book. Seotericism van den Broeck. Chad marked it as to-read Jan 22, The material world is ultimately unreal, metaphysically speaking. Lorenzo rated it really liked it May 05, Major Mysteries Samael Aun Weor.


Approximately half of the entries are biographical studies of the most important representatives of the tradition through the centuries.

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With roots in the ancient Mediterranean Basin, Esotericism emerged clearly in the second century CE around a variety of teachers often grouped together as the Gnostics.

The answer to the human condition is some form of gnosisesoteric wisdom, which may be seen as mere knowledge, secret wisdom, or a mystic knowing that only comes in the experience of it. Six years in the making, this is a work that every student of religion, ancient and modern, will certainly want to own. Introduction to Gnosis Samael Aun Weor. Minamanjari marked it as to-read Jun 05, There is the on-going scholarly task, still in its infancy, of building the history of Esotericism, both as a social movement that has helped shape Western culture and an intellectual movement that has passed ideas and dictionayr through the centuries.

“Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism” – A Review by J. Gordon Melton

An indispensable collection of information-rich articles on numerous people, movements, and ideas of importance in the development of Western esoteric thought from the ancient Christian and Hermetic religious schools through the alchemy of the Middle Ages, to the occult and esoteric resurgences of the 19th and 20th centuries, this university reference volume is worth its weight in gold for the serious student of esoteric religious thought and practice.


A Guide for the Perplexed Wouter J. Cloud marked it as to-read Oct 31, To balance the loss of so many documents, perhaps permanently, we have been blessed with new methodologies that help us dictionwry information from the material we have. Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought on 30 november cum laude. On 1 september he was appointed full professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam.

The politicization and secularization of Freemasonry in the late-nineteenth century should not obscure the essential Gnostic myth that underlies it and the hard-to-underestimate role it played in shaping the contemporary community.

John added it May 25, A selection of entries: Furthermore it contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence. Gnostic Bible Samael Aun Weor.

Frank Bosman rated it it was amazing Jul 15, Esotericism also has a different idea of the human condition, usually beginning with the entrapment of the spiritual essence of the individual self in the metaphysical unreality of matter.

Biographical Note Wouter J. Aug 23, James of the Redwoods rated it it was amazing Shelves: