Eranos Lecture 3
Jewish and Gnostic Man
46 pages, ISBN 0-88214-403-0 / 978-0-88214-403-0, Eranos Lectures
Quispel shows that the Gnosis of antiquity developed out of Judaism and that rebirth mysteries, the bridal chamber, baptism, the guardian angel all originated in the earliest Jewish Christian sects. Scholem explores the basic psychological tension in Jewish religious history between rational and emotional forces. This tension expresses itself in three ideal types: the rabbinic scholar, the just man and the enthusiast.