Green Hermeticism

Alchemy and Ecology

Peter Lamborn Wilson, Christopher Bamford and Kevin Townley, Holy Island of Lindisfarne: Lindisfarne Book, 2007


A series of gatherings took place in 2006 to discuss the contemporary relevance of the ancient sacred science of hermeticism, or alchemy. This book is a partial record of those meetings, focusing on finding a spiritual and cultural path for the healing of the current ecological crisis.

Peter Lamborn Wilson, explores the many ramifications of the alternative worldview offered by Hermeticism; Christopher Bamford provides a broad historical overview of the tradition from the Ancient Mysteries to contemporary manifestations of the alchemical tradition; while Kevin Townley brings a practical dimension, teaching the preparation of herbal elixirs and demonstrating that cosmology and philosophy can become a truly healing path for the Earth.

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A Journal for Manuscript Research

Turnhout: Brepols


Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research publishes articles, notes, and reviews in Medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies. The journal accepts submissions on topics relating (but not limited) to paleography, codicology, illumination, book production, library history, reading and literacy, textual editing and transmission, and manuscript catalogues. Manuscripta (ISSN 0025-2603) is published twice yearly for the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library. For print and online subscriptions, contact Brepols Publishers. The journal is available online through Brepols Periodica Online.


Gregory Pass


The Idea of Semitic Monotheism

Stroumsa, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021


The Idea of Semitic Monotheism examines some major aspects of the scholarly study of religion in the long nineteenth century–from the Enlightenment to the First World War. It aims to understand the new status of Judaism and Islam in the formative period of the new discipline. Guy G. Stroumsa focuses on the concept of Semitic monotheism, a concept developed by Ernest Renan around the mid-nineteenth century on the basis of the postulated and highly problematic contradistinction between Aryan and Semitic families of peoples, cultures, and religions. This contradistinction grew from the Western discovery of Sanskrit and its relationship with European languages, at the time of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Together with the rise of scholarly Orientalism, this discovery offered new perspectives on the East, as a consequence of which the Near East was demoted from its traditional status as the locus of the Biblical revelations.

This innovative work studies a central issue in the modern study of religion. Doing so, however, it emphasizes the new dualistic taxonomy of religions had major consequences and sheds new light on the roots of European attitudes to Jews and Muslims in the twentieth century, up to the present day.

Table of contents

Introduction: The Study of Religion and the Spirit of Orientalism
1. Varieties of Monotheism and the Three Rings
2. The Enlightenment’s Paradigm Shift and the Three Impostors
3. Aryans, Semites, and Jewish Scholars
4. Cultural Transfers and Philologia orientalis
5. Semitic Monotheism: Renan on Judaism and Islam
6. A Jesus of White Marble or a Jesus in the Flesh?
7. Secular Scholarship in France: Catholics, Protestants, and Jews
8. From the Quarrel of Monotheism to the Babel-Bibel Controversy
9. Semitic Religion and Sacrificial Ritual
10. Sacrifice Compared: Israel and India
Conclusion: Comparing Monotheisms

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The Origins of Gnosticism / Le origini dello gnosticismo

Bianchi (Ed.), Leiden: Brill, 1967


Colloquium of Messina, 13–18 April 1966. Texts and Discussions. Published with the Help of the Consiglo Nazionale delle Ricerche della Repubblica Italiana. 

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Table of contents

Preliminary Material, p. I–XXXII

Le problème des origines du gnosticisme, p. 1–27

Les origines du gnosticisme et l’histoire des religions, p. 28–60

Der Stand der Veröffentlichung der Nag Hammadi-Texte, p. 61–89

Delimitation of the gnostic phenomenon—typological and historical, p. 90–108

Der jüdische und judenchristliche Hintergrund in gnostischen Texten von Nag Hammadi, p. 109–140

Les êtres intermédiaires dans le judaïsme tardif, p. 141–157

Bemerkungen zu den Methoden der Ursprungsbestimmung von Gnosis, p. 159–173

Towards a definition of Gnosticism, p. 174–180

Zur Definition der Gnosis in Rücksicht auf die Frage nach ihrem Ursprung, p. 181–189

Die „ersten Gnostiker” Simon und Menander, p. 190–196

Die Apophasis Megale, eine Grundschrift der Gnosis?, p. 197–202

Die Person der Sophia in der vierten Schrift des Codex Jung, p. 203–214

La théologie de l’histoire dans la gnose valentinienne, p. 215–226

The Egyptian Background of Gnosticism, p. 227–237

Gnosis und ägyptische Religion, p. 238–247

Letture iraniche per l’origine e la definizione tipologica di gnosi, p. 249–264

Erlösendes Wissen, p. 265–280

La gnosi iranica, p. 281–290

Ist die Gnosis in aramäischen Weisheitsschulen entstanden?, p. 291–301

Zum Problem: Mesopotamien (Babylonien) und Gnostizismus, p. 302–306

Bardaiṣan, die Bardaiṣaniten und die Ursprünge des Gnostizismus, p. 307–314

Religion, Philosophie und Gnosis: Grenzfälle und Pseudomorphosen in der Spätantike, p. 315–322

Éléments d’une mythopée gnostique dans la Grèce classique, p. 323–339

Dieu Cosmique et Dualisme, p. 340–356

Éléments gnostiques chez Philon, p. 357–376

Qumran and gnosticism, p. 377–388

The nature of gnosticism in Qumran, p. 389–400

Essénisme et gnose chez le Pseudo-Philon, p. 401–410

Considerazioni sulle origini dello gnosticismo in relazione al giudaismo, p. 411–426

Die „Himmelsreise der Seele” Ausserhalb und Innerhalb der Gnosis, p. 427–447

Le mauvais gouvernement du monde d’après le gnosticisme, p. 448–459

Le mythe des sept archontes créateurs peut-il s’expliquer à partir du christianisme?, p. 460–487

Le thème de la fornication des anges, p. 488–495

Sleep and awakening in gnostic texts, p. 496–507

Gnosis, Gnosticism and the New Testament, p. 509–527

Judenchristentum und Gnosis, p. 528–537

Saint Paul et le gnosticisme, p. 538–551

Gnostic and canonical gospel traditions, p. 552–562

Urchristliches Kerygma und „gnostische” Interpretation in einigen Sprüchen des Thomasevangeliums, p. 563–574

Early Syriac Christianity – gnostic?, p. 575–579

Probleme einer Entwicklungsgeschichte der mandäischen Religion, p. 581–596

Il salterio manicheo e la gnosi giudaico-cristiana, p. 597–603

Mani’s conception of gnosis, p. 604–613

La gnose dans les textes liturgiques manichéens coptes, p. 614–624

Makarius und das Lied von der Perle, p. 625–644

Sur le gnosticisme en Arménie: les livres d’Adam, p. 645–648

Buddhism and Gnosis, p. 649–667

Some notes on a sociological approach to Gnosticism, p. 668–675

Elemente gnostischer Religiosität in altamerikanischen Religionen, p. 676–687


Plato Research Guide


This LibGuide is for the φιλοπλάτωνος!

The reference material on Πλάτων (Plato) is found in several locations: Religious Studies and Philosophy Library (B 351-B 399 non-circulating), Greek and Latin Reading Room (PA 3104, PA 3404-PA 3405, PA 3612, and PA 4279-PA 4333 non-circulating), and Stacks (B 355-B 399 and PA 4279-PA 4333).  Circulating material is found in the Mullen Library stacks. Check the WRLC catalog for monographs and journals that could be applicable to your topic. Check the CU’s e-journals for full text journal articles online.

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Dead See Scrolls Digital Library


The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is very proud to present the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, a free online digitized virtual library of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hundreds of manuscripts made up of thousands of fragments – discovered from 1947 and until the early 1960’s in the Judean Desert along the western shore of the Dead Sea – are now available to the public online. The high resolution images are extremely detailed and can be accessed through various search options on the site.

With the generous lead support of the Leon Levy Foundation and additional generous support of the Arcadia Fund, the Israel Antiquities Authority and Google joined forces to develop the most advanced imaging and web technologies to bring to the web hundreds of Dead Sea Scrolls images as well as specially developed supporting resources in a user-friendly platform intended for the public, students and scholars alike.

The launch of the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library comes some 11 years after the completion of the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls, initiated and sponsored by the IAA, and 65 years after the first scrolls were unearthed in the Caves of Qumran. This digital library is another example of the IAA’s vision and mission, to make these ancient texts freely available and accessible to people around the world. The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library represents a new milestone in the annals of the story of one of the greatest manuscript finds of all times.

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CNRS – LEM, Université de Vienne, Université Laval et Université d’Amsterdam

Hermeticism, Mithraism and Neoplatonism

Description et organisation

Cinquième rencontre du nouveau Webinaire « Les platonismes de l’Antiquité tardive: interactions philosophiques et religieuses (Platonisms of Late Antiquity: Philosophical and Religious Interactions).

Rencontre animée par Christian Bull (Norwegian School of Theology) et Andreea-Maria Lemnaru-Carrez (Centre Léon Robin-CNRS).

Christian Bull (Norwegian School of Theology)
« The Hermetic Sciences in the Way of Hermes : Worldview
and Practices. »

Andreea-Maria Lemnaru-Carrez (Centre Léon Robin-CNRS)
« Mithra dans l’Antre des Nymphes de Porphyre. »

Le webinaire est organisé par Luciana G. Soares Santoprete, Anna van den Kerchove, George Karamanolis, Éric Crégheur et Dylan Burns.

La conférence aura lieu à 16h le mardi 10 mai. Elle se déroulera en ligne.

N’hésitez pas à transmettre cette invitation à toute personne susceptible d’être intéressée par cette conférence ou toute autre conférence future sur les platonismes de l’Antiquité tardive.


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Institut for Classical Studies – University of London

Current Epigraphy

Description and organization

Current Epigraphy reports news and events in (especially Greek and Latin) epigraphy.

CE publishes workshop and conference announcements, notices of discoveries, publications and reviews, project reports, descriptive links to digital epigraphic projects, and occasional pre-publication previews of new epigraphic material and other short articles.

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KU Leuven

Longing for Perfection.

Living the Perfect Life in Late Antiquity –

A Journey between Ideal and Reality

Description and organization

The project will offer a critical study of one of the most fundamental ideas of ancient Greek culture – the search for perfection. For centuries, not only philosophers and theologians, but also other intellectuals have reflected on what this ideal should consist in, devising ways of pursuing it in a wide range of human activities. The team will study the complex relationship between theory and praxis, and between ideal and reality, as found in pagan and Christian Greek literature from the first seven centuries CE. Methodologically, the project breaks new ground in going beyond longstanding and widespread (though mostly unjustified) presuppositions in scholarly literature, such as the dichotomy between theory and praxis or the opposition between the pagan and the Christian tradition in this regard. The team has set two main goals: the production (1) of a comprehensive study of the different aspects of ancient ideals of perfection and (2) of a number of in-depth studies of specific problems and core issues related to the overall topic.


Geert Roskam, Greek Studies Department

Blijde-Inkomststraat 21 – box 3309

3000 Leuven

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