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Christian Kabbalah in the Renaissance

This talk will examine the beginnings of the Christian Kabbalist movement and discuss its appropriation of Jewish esoteric thought.

In 1486, the Italian philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola made the surprising statement that Kabbalah could prove the divinity of Christ. But what led Pico to this conclusion? What was his purpose in stating it? And how did later thinkers build on his ideas?

Since the Renaissance, Kabbalah has remained part of the tradition of Christian occultism and was popularised in the 19th and 20th centuries by Eliphas Levi, the Order of the Golden Dawn, the OTO, Dion Fortune, Servants of the Inner Light and Alexandrian Wicca. This lecture explores this version’s roots and origins.

Dr. Crofton Black received his doctorate from the Warburg Institute at the University of London. He researches Renaissance intellectural history, and his book on Pico della Mirandola's Heptaplus was published by Brill in 2006. Currently he is teaching a course at Birkbeck College on Renaissance Magic, Science and Religion.


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Date and Time:

5 March 2008 at 7:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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