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Author Coudert, Allison, 1941-

Title The impact of the Kabbalah in the seventeenth century : the life and thought of Francis Mercury van Helmont (1614-1698) / by Allison P. Coudert.

Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  135.4709032 COUD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 418 pages : portrait ; 24 cm.
Series Brill's series in Jewish studies, 0926-2261 ; vol. 9.
Brill's series in Jewish studies. 0926-2261 ; vol. 9.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [378]-413) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Early Life -- Ch. 2. Diplomat and Courtier -- Ch. 3. Arrest and Imprisonment -- Ch. 4. Van Helmont's Alphabet of Nature -- Ch. 5. The Sources of van Helmont's Alphabet of Nature -- Ch. 6. Christian Knorr von Rosenroth and the Kabbala denudata -- Ch. 7. The Kabbalah, Redemption, and the Idea of Progress -- Ch. 8. Francis Mercury van Helmont: A Kabbalist Physician -- Ch. 9. Anne Conway: Kabbalist and Quaker -- Ch. 10. Henry More, The Kabbalah, and the Quakers -- Ch. 11. The Quakers' Rejection of the Kabbalah -- Ch. 12. John Locke, Benjamin Furly, and The Kabbalah -- Ch. 13. Leibniz and the Kabbalah.
Summary If he had lived among the Greeks, he would now be numbered among the stars. So wrote Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in his epitaph for Francis Mercury van Helmont. With his friend Christian Knorr von Rosenroth, van Helmont edited the Kabbala Denudata (1677-1684), the largest collection of Lurianic Kabbalistic texts available to Christians up to that time. Because the subject matter of this work appears so difficult and arcane, it has never been appreciated as a significant text for understanding the emergence of modern thought. However, one can find in it the basis for the faith in science, the belief in progress, and the pluralism characteristic of later western thought. The Lurianic Kabbalah thus deserves a place it has never received in histories of western scientific and cultural developments.
Subject Helmont, Franciscus Mercurius van, 1614-1699.
Cabala and Christianity -- History -- 17th century.
ISBN 9004098445 (cloth : alk. paper)