Like Angels on Jacob's Ladder: Abraham Abulafia, the by Harvey J. Hames

By Harvey J. Hames

Explores the occupation of Abraham Abulafia, thirteenth-century founding father of the varsity of ecstatic Kabbalah.

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The above citation is suggestive of the important role given to both the founder and the Franciscan order itself in the events leading up to the end of days; events which, according to Bonaventure, had already been set in motion. It is not really known how and when elements in the Franciscan order became aware of the teachings of the Calabrian abbot Joachim of Fiore and their ramifications for that order. The incredible success and growth of the Franciscans was seen as a mixed blessing by some in the order who felt that the teachings of their founder had been set aside in the pursuit of glory and power.

And therefore, I was like a blind man for tet-vav [fifteen] years, and Satan bedeviled me. And I was driven for yud-heh [fifteen] years by the visions I saw to fulfill the words of the Torah and bring the second curse to a conclusion, until God granted me some knowledge/foresight (m’ada). And God was with me as my aid from the year aleph-lamed [thirty-one] till the year mem-heh [forty-five] to guard me from any trouble. And at the start of the year aleph-lamed-yud-heh [Eliah, forty-six] the prophet, God desired me and brought me into the Divine sanctuary.

And it A Life Reviewed 37 is at this moment that I have completed this book which I wrote here in Messina for my dear disciple, distinguished, pleasing, intelligent, understanding, desiring to know the truth of the pure Torah, the first of the aforementioned seven, R. Saadiah. Abulafia’s choice of letters from the Hebrew alphabet with their numerical value to denote a particular year and the period is significant because, for him, the letters are the most important tool of reference for reaching the truth, for knowing God and creation.

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