By Binyamin Abrahamov
The 2 theories of divine love which are tested during this booklet have their foundations in Greek, Jewish, Christian and Muslim rules. Al-Ghazâlî (twelfth century) was once encouraged in most cases by way of Plato and Ibn Sina's teachings, whereas al-Dabbâgh (thirteenth century), who permitted a few Ghazâlîan notions, constructed a thought of divine love that may be traced again to Neoplatonism. either students created whole theories of divine love that come with definitions of affection, its motives and symptoms, the how one can love God, God's love for guy, and types of affection. The booklet will curiosity scholars of theology, philosophy and mysticism normally, and scholars of Islam particularly.
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NETZACH, n~J Victory 8. HOD, " n Splendor 9. YESOD, " 0' Foundation 10. / Figure 1. The Ten Holy Sephiroth on the Tree of Life The Tree of Life, used by modem Hermetic-Qabalists, was first published in Kircher's Oedipus Aegypticus in 1652 (Figure 2A). And while this Tree must have undergone a lengthy development, its historical roots appear buried in the secret past of Mystery religions. Moreover, a general developmental sequence is difficult to establish as Jewish Qabalists espoused different forms of the Tree.
The introduction of Gematria served two purposes. First, it helped to assure that scribes would spell names precisely as received; second, it tended to serve as an incentive for serious meditation on the Names. Sometime between 1150 and 1200, in Southern France, another very important Qabalist work appeared. " The Bahir contains the first reference to a "secret Tree," and is the first to describe the Sephiroth as the vessels of Divine Light. P The thirteenth century was especially pivotal for the Jewish Qabalah.
Wherever Yod appears it has fiery outgoing qualities; wherever Heh appears it has enclosing and fluid qualities of Water; wherever Vau appears it is the airy result of the combination of the Yod and Heh; wherever Heh Final appears, it is the solidified end result of the actions of the Yod Heh and Vau. This pattern is really the only thing to remember, since it is applied to a variety of very different qualities. 42 The Qabalistic Tarot PRIMAL ELEMENTS PRIMORDIAL ELEMENTS ATZILUTH SASE ELEMENTS SRIAH (i'I) SPECIFIC ELEMENTS YETZIRAH (1) ASTRAL ELEMENTS ASSIAH (h) TRANSITIONAL ELEMENTS (N) Air Water (II) Fire (I:) Figure 10.