Tag Archives: Old Testament

Of Prophets and Prophesy

Of Prophets and Prophesy: Visionaries or Voices for Definitive Political Policy by Walter C Cambra, a 1984 monograph, has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the author.

Walter C Cambra Of Prophets and Prophesy

“Detailed reading and analysis of the Old Testament books suggest that the term ‘prophet’ refers to a character who voices definitive political policy from within the context of his own generational milieu, rather than the traditional notion of them as visionaries into the circumstances of distant centuries.”

The Book of Daniel

The Book of Daniel: Philosophy of History or Eschatological Fiction? by Walter C Cambra, a 1993 thesis, approved by Jacob Needleman and Donald Provence, has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the author.

Walter C Cambra The Book of Daniel

“This thesis attempts to demonstrate that the canonical Book of Daniel is an example of what Friedrich Nietzsche refers to as a text based upon a morality of resentment. Furthermore, this thesis argues that many symbols in the Book of Daniel are based upon material that has an historical milieu originating in the sixth century B.C. and which was incorporated into the redacted text of the second century B.C. producing a new eschatological scheme.”

Exodus

Exodus: From Slavery to Barbarism—Consolidation of a Theocratic Oligarchy by Walter C Cambra, a 1984 monograph, has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the author.

Walter C Cambra Exodus

“Proposal: To explore the story of the the Hebrew journey from the exodus to the entry into the promised land as depicted in the Old Testament

The scenario presented here is the result of an elevation of perspective acquired after detailed reading and analysis of the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua. The scenario suggests the formation and consolidation of a theocratic oligarchy prior to the Hebrew entry into the promised land.”

Sodom and Gomorrah

Sodom and Gomorrah: A New Perspective by Walter C Cambra, a 1984 monograph, has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the author.

Walter C Cambra Sodom and Gomorrah

“Proposal: To explore the story of the ‘Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah’ as depicted in the Book of Genesis.

The scenario presented here is the result of an elevation of perspective acquired after detailed reading and analysis of the material presented in Genesis. Acute familiarity with the material demanded a reformulation of traditional notions regarding ideas, characters, and events surrounding the written story.”

The Origin of Satan

The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics by Elaine Pagels, the 1996 paperback edition from Vintage Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Elaine Pagels The Origins of Satan from Vintage Books

“In the Old Testament he is merely the Adversary, a forbidding member of God’s retinue. How then did Satan become the Gospels’ prince of darkness, who brings about the crucifixion of Jesus as part of a cosmic struggle between good and evil? And why did jesus’ followers increasingly identify Satan with their human antagonists—first Jews, then pagans, and then heretics of their own faith?

In this groundbreaking work of religious and social history, the author of The Gnostic Gospels traces the relationship between the embattled members of a breakaway Jewish sect and the myth they invoked to explain their persecution. The Origins of Satan is at once a masterpiece of erudition and a book resonant with contemporary implications. For in its pages we come to understand how the gospel of love could coexist with hatreds that have haunted Christians and non-Christians alike for two thousand years.” —back cover


The Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels

The Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels by Alexander Heidel, the paperback from University of Chicago Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Alexander Heidel The Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels

“Cuneiform records made some three thousand years ago are the basis for this essay on the ideas of death and the afterlife and the story of the flood which were current among the ancient people of the Tigro-Euphrates Valley. With the same careful scholarship shown in his previous volume, The Babylonian Genesis, Heidel interprets the famous Gilgamesh Epic and other related Babylonian and Assyrian documents. He compares them with corresponding portions of the Old Testament in order to determine the inherent historical relationship of Hebrew and Mesopotamian ideas.” — back cover

 

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The Babylonian Genesis

The Babylonian Genesis: The Story of Creation by Alexander Heidel, the paperback from University of Chicago Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Alexander Heidel The Babylonian Genesis

“Here is a complete translation of all the published cuneiform tablets of the various Babylonian creation stories, of both the Semitic Babylonian and the Sumerian material. each creation account is preceded by a brief introduction dealing with the age and provenance of the tablets, the aim and purpose of the story, etc. Also included is a translation and discussion of two Babylonian creation versions written in Greek. The final chapter presents a detailed examination of the Babylonian creation accounts in their relation to our Old Testament literature.” — back cover

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.