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

By Valentina Izmirlieva

Christians face a conundrum in terms of naming God, for if God is unnamable, as theologians continue, he can be referred to as by way of 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 upon tough to just accept. To discover this clash, Valentina Izmirlieva examines lists of God’s names: one from The Divine Names, the vintage treatise through Pseudo-Dionysius, and the opposite from The seventy two Names of the Lord, an amulet whose heritage binds jointly Kabbalah and Christianity, Jews and Slavs, Palestine, Provence, and the Balkans.

This unforeseen juxtaposition of a theological treatise and a paranormal amulet permits Izmirlieva to bare lists’ rhetorical power to create order and to operate as either instruments of information and of energy. regardless of the 2 varied visions of order represented through every one checklist, Izmirlieva reveals that their makes use of in Christian perform aspect to a complementary dating among the existential want for God’s safety and the metaphysical wish to undergo his limitless majesty—a compelling declare certain to galvanize dialogue between students in lots of fields.

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