All the Names of the Lord: Lists, Mysticism, and Magic by Valentina Izmirlieva PDF

By Valentina Izmirlieva

Christians face a conundrum by way of naming God, for if God is unnamable, as theologians keep, he is also referred to as through each identify. His right identify is hence an open-ended, all-encompassing record, a secret the Church embraces in its rhetoric, yet which many Christians have came across tough to just accept. To discover this clash, Valentina Izmirlieva examines lists of God’s names: one from The Divine Names, the vintage treatise via Pseudo-Dionysius, and the opposite from The seventy two Names of the Lord, an amulet whose historical past binds jointly Kabbalah and Christianity, Jews and Slavs, Palestine, Provence, and the Balkans.

This unforeseen juxtaposition of a theological treatise and a mystical amulet permits Izmirlieva to bare lists’ rhetorical power to create order and to operate as either instruments of data and of strength. regardless of the 2 diversified visions of order represented by means of each one checklist, Izmirlieva unearths that their makes use of in Christian perform aspect to a complementary courting among the existential want for God’s security and the metaphysical wish to undergo his limitless majesty—a compelling declare bound to impress dialogue between students in lots of fields.

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