Forthcoming Book of Interest

Forthcoming Book of Interest July 25, 2013

Acumen Publishing has released Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western Gnostic, Esoteric and Mystical Traditions, edited by April DeConick and Grant Adamson. It looks to be a very interesting volume, and I hope to get a chance to read and review it in the not-too-distant future.

Here is a description provided by the publisher:

In Western religious traditions, God is conventionally conceived as a humanlike creator, lawgiver, and king, a being both accessible and actively present in history. Yet there is a concurrent and strong tradition of a God who actively hides. The two traditions have led to a tension between a God who is simultaneously accessible to humanity and yet inaccessible, a God who is both immanent and transcendent, present and absent.

Western Gnostic, esoteric and mystical thinking capitalizes on the hidden and hiding God. He becomes the hallmark of the mystics, Gnostics, sages, and artists who attempt to make accessible to humans the God who is secreted away. Histories of the Hidden God explores this tradition from antiquity to today. The essays focus on three essential themes: the concealment of the hidden God, the human quest for the hidden God, and
revelations of the hidden God.

And here's the table of contents, from the publisher's web site:

Introduction: In Search of the Hidden God, April D. DeConick

PART I: Concealment of the Hidden God
1. Who is hiding in the Gospel of John? Reconceptualizing Johannine Theology and the Roots of Gnosticism, April D. DeConick
2. Adoil Outside the Cosmos: God Before and After Creation in Enochic Tradition, Andrei A. Orlov
3. The Old Gods of Egypt in Lost Hermetica and Early Sethianism, Grant Adamson
4. Hidden God and Hidden Self: The Emergence of Apophatic Anthropology in Christian Mysticism, Bernard McGinn
5. God’s Occulted Body: On the Hiddenness of Christ in Alan of Lille’s Anticlaudianus,Claire Fanger
PART II: The Human Quest for the Hidden God
6. Obscured by the Scriptures, Revealed by the Prophets: God in the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies, Kelley Coblentz Bautch
7. How Hidden was God? Revelation and Pedagogy in Ancient and Medieval Hermetic Writings, David Porreca
8. From Hidden to Revealed in Sethian Revelation, Ritual and Protology, John Turner
9. Shamanism and the Hidden History of Modern Kabbalah, Jonathan Garb
10. Dreaming of Paradise: Seeing God in Islam, David Cook
PART III: Revelations of the Hidden God
11. Revealing and Concealing God in Ancient Synagogue Art, Shira Lander
12. The Invisible Christian God in Christian Art, Robin Jensen
13. On the Mothman, God, and Other Monsters: The Demonology of John A. Keel,Jeffrey Kripal
14. Hidden Away: Esotericism and Gnosticism in Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam,Stephen Finley
15. Conscious Concealment: The Repression and Expression of African American Spiritualists, Margarita Simon Guillory
16. Occulture in the Academy? The Case of Joseph P. Farrell, John Stroup
Afterword: Mysticism, Gnosticism, and Esotericism as Entangled Discourses, Kocku von Stuckrad


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