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Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western, Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions , written by April D. DeConick and Grant Adamson (eds.)

Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western, Gnostic, Esoteric, and... April D. DeConick and Grant Adamson (eds.), Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western, Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions , Gnostica: Texts & Interpretations, Durham: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2013. x +358 pp. ISBN 978-1-84465-687-5 (hardcover). DeConick and Adamson’s edited collection, Histories of the Hidden God , originated “out of select proceedings from the first international symposium on Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism held at Rice University”—itself titled Hidden God, Hidden Histories (p. vii). As such, both the contents of the individual papers themselves as well as the unity they find in this volume are tied to the conference’s theme of exploring the gnostic, esoteric, and mystical dimensions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In particular, the conference’s keynote speaker, Kocku von Stuckrad’s conception of ‘the esoteric’ (as opposed to ‘esotericism’) as a discourse in European religion characterized by a dialectic of revelation and concealment (p. 315) provides something of a common ground for nearly all of the book’s chapters, which are by and large concerned with elucidating different aspects of this dialectic within the discourses of their respective areas of focus. In between an introduction from DeConick and an afterword from von Stuckrad, the book is divided http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aries Brill

Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western, Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions , written by April D. DeConick and Grant Adamson (eds.)

Aries , Volume 16 (2): 246 – Jan 1, 2016

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Copyright 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
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1567-9896
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April D. DeConick and Grant Adamson (eds.), Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western, Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions , Gnostica: Texts & Interpretations, Durham: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2013. x +358 pp. ISBN 978-1-84465-687-5 (hardcover). DeConick and Adamson’s edited collection, Histories of the Hidden God , originated “out of select proceedings from the first international symposium on Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism held at Rice University”—itself titled Hidden God, Hidden Histories (p. vii). As such, both the contents of the individual papers themselves as well as the unity they find in this volume are tied to the conference’s theme of exploring the gnostic, esoteric, and mystical dimensions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In particular, the conference’s keynote speaker, Kocku von Stuckrad’s conception of ‘the esoteric’ (as opposed to ‘esotericism’) as a discourse in European religion characterized by a dialectic of revelation and concealment (p. 315) provides something of a common ground for nearly all of the book’s chapters, which are by and large concerned with elucidating different aspects of this dialectic within the discourses of their respective areas of focus. In between an introduction from DeConick and an afterword from von Stuckrad, the book is divided

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Published: Jan 1, 2016

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