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Exploring the forgotten and rejected story of Western thought

Podcast episodes – The Secret History of Western Esotericism Podcast (SHWEP‪)‬ Earl Fontainelle

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    • 4.7 • 36 Ratings

Exploring the forgotten and rejected story of Western thought

    The Testament of Solomon and the Solomonic Tradition, Part I

    The Testament of Solomon and the Solomonic Tradition, Part I

    We want to discuss the Testament of Solomon, an extraordinary demonological, angelogical, astrological, magical work from late antiquity. But we realise that, to get there, we need to spend some time exploring the earlier reaches of the ‘Solomonic tradition’. So we do. Come for the building of the First Temple, stay for the cloud upon the sanctuary.

    • 35 min
    Exploring the Sefer ha-Razim

    Exploring the Sefer ha-Razim

    We explore the earliest-known Jewish ‘magic book’, the Sefer ha-Razim or Book of Mysteries. Angel-magic meets addressative practices aimed at old friends like Helios and Hermes, while Hellenistic astral cosmology collides with fiery heavenly palace-firmaments of the apocalyptic and Hekhalotic stamp.

    • 42 min
    Curses! Sarah Veale on Roman ‘Curse-Tablets’

    Curses! Sarah Veale on Roman ‘Curse-Tablets’

    We turn from the far-eastern, Jewish magic of the incantation-bowls to the far-western, polytheist magic of the Roman ‘curse-tablets’. Expect intriguing similarities across cultural divides, along with important differences. Featuring the Great Mother goddess, Isis, and a number of supporting players.

    • 27 min
    Daniel James Waller on the Jewish Incantation-Bowls

    Daniel James Waller on the Jewish Incantation-Bowls

    We dive more deeply into the enigmatic corpus of late-antique Jewish ‘incantation bowls’ from Mesopotamia with the help of researcher Daniel Waller. We discuss the bowls as material objects, functional technology, and their place in late-antique Jewish culture.

    • 36 min
    Gideon Bohak on Late-Antique Jewish Magic

    Gideon Bohak on Late-Antique Jewish Magic

    Gideon Bohak provides us with a superb introduction to the evidence for late-antique Jewish magic and to what that evidence tells us. Introducing the essential book of Jewish magic, the Sefer ha-Razim.

    • 50 min
    Thinking through Monotheism, Henotheism, Polytheism, and Dualism in Late Antiquity

    Thinking through Monotheism, Henotheism, Polytheism, and Dualism in Late Antiquity

    We wander through a bunch of important (but mushy) ideas helpful for understanding late antiquity and late-antique religion: monotheism, henotheism, polytheism, and dualism. Featuring the triumphant return of Rupert and Steve, and they brought some friends.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

CEC###57 ,

One of my favourite podcasts

Interesting, organised, well presented with a variety of highly qualified academic guests. All the history of thought that usually falls through the cracks

paintermanbob ,

Magic/Religion

Top stuff! Clear and REAL information.

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