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72 in His Name

Reuchlin, Luther, Thenaud, Wolff and the Names of Seventy-Two Angels

Ian Christie-Miller (author)

ISBN: 9781644692448

Publication Date: Nov 2019

Format: Hardback

Leading figures at the dawn of the sixteenth-century Reformation commonly faced the charge of "judaizing". 72 In His Name concerns the changing views of four such men starting with their kabbalistic treatment of the 72 divine names of angels.
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Leading figures at the dawn of the sixteenth-century Reformation commonly faced the charge of "judaizing": 72 In His Name concerns the changing views of four such men starting with their kabbalistic treatment of the 72 divine names of angels.

Johann Reuchlin, the first of the four men featured in this book, survived the charge; Martin Luther's increasingly anti-semitic stance is contrasted with the opposite movement of the French Franciscan Jean Thenaud whose kabbalistic manuscripts were devoted to Francis I; Philipp Wolff, the fourth, had been born into a Jewish family but his recorded views were decidedly anti-semitic.

72 In His Name also includes evidence that kabbalistic beliefs and practices, such as the service for exorcism recorded by Thenaud, were unwittingly recorded by Christians. Although the book concerns early modern Europe, the religious interactions, the shifting spiritual attitudes, and the shadows cast linger on.
Illustrations 41 illustrations
Pages 90
Dimensions 238 x 159
Date Published 30 Nov 2019
Publisher Academic Studies Press
Subject/s Western philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, c 500 to c 1600   Judaism   Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700   Judaism: mysticism   Religious intolerance, persecution & conflict   Judaism: theology  
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Four Authors
  • 2. Comments on the Lists of the Seventy-Two Names
  • Reuchlin and the Seventy-Two Names
  • Luther and the Seventy-Two Names
  • Thenaud and the Seventy-Two Names
  • Thenaud's Acquaintance with the Kabbalah
  • Thenaud 72 and 37
  • Thenaud and Toledot Jeshu (The Generation of Jesus)
  • Wolff and the Seventy-Two Names
  • 3. Conclusions
  • Reuchlin and the Jews
  • Luther and the Jews
  • Thenaud and the Jews
  • Wolff and the Jews
  • 4. Overview
  • The Four Authors and the Seventy-Two Names–1522 Perspective
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Ian Christie-Miller was a NATO interpreter and RAF Search and Rescue pilot before becoming a teacher. His London PhD research into French sixteenth-century Kabbalism led to the invention of the Early Book Imaging System and to the development of digital imaging techniques as now used for revealing watermarks. It also lead to the publication of his Traicté de la Cabale (Honoré Champion, Paris, 2007), followed by a series of online and printed works mainly about sixteenth-century religious texts.

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