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Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism

"The Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism is a brilliantly conceived and skillfully executed reference tool unlike anything the scholarly world has ever seen. In two massive volumes it covers every aspect of pagan, Jewish, and Christian religious discourses and phenomena traditionally labeled gnosticism, hermeticism, astrology, magic, the 'occult sciences,' esoteric religion, and much more. The detailed and insightful articles, on nearly every related topic imaginable, are produced by an impressive array of renowned scholars, and usefully include up-to date bibliographies. Six years in the making, this is a work that every student of religion, ancient and modern, will certainly want to own."

Bart D. Ehrman
James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism

Edited by Wouter J. Hanegraaff
in collaboration with Antoine Faivre, Roelof van den Broek, and Jean-Pierre Brach
More about the editors.


Covering over 1200 pages, this dictionary contains over 400 articles written by more than 180 international specialists.

This is the first comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of "Gnosis and Western Esotericism" from the period of Late Antiquity to the present.

Containing over 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, this dictionary provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19th-century Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement.

Furthermore it contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence. See Table of Contents below.

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Hardcover: One volume, 1230 pages
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Publication Date:  May 2006
ISBN: 9004152318
Price:   $155.00 (US)

This one volume edition is an unabridged version of the two volume edition first published in 2005.

See Table of Contents below.

See also a detailed review of this Dictionary by Boudewijn Koole.

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About the Editors

Wouter J. Hanegraaff is professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He has published extensively on modern and contemporary Western esotericism.

Antoine Faivre is Professor emeritus of History of Esoteric and Mystical Currents in Modern and Contemporary Europe at the 5th section of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne), Paris, France.

Roelof van den Broek is Professor emeritus of History of Christianity at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Jean-Pierre Brach is Professor of History of Esoteric Currents in Modern and Contemporary Europe at the 5th section of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne), Paris, France.

Table of Contents
A selection of entries:
Bacon, Francis
Blake, William
Blavatsky, Helena Petrovna
Boehme, Jacob
Christian Theosophy
Comenius, Jan Amos
Clement of Alexandria
Cusa, Nicholas of
Dante Alighieri
Dionysius Areopagita, -Pseudo
Eriugena, Johannes Scottus
Ficino, Marsilio
Grail traditions
Hermes Trismegistus
Hermetic Literature
Intermediary Beings
Jewish Influences
Jung, Carl Gustav
New Age Movement
Newton, Isaac
Occult / Occultism
Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni
Steiner, Rudolf
Swedenborg, Emanuel
Valentinus and Valentinians
Witchcraft (15th – 17th Centuries)

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