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All the Names of the Lord
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All the Names of the Lord: Lists, Mysticism, and Magic

Valentina Izmirlieva

Abstract

This book began its journey with two texts and two conjectures. The texts were chosen to represent two alternative models for listing the names of God: an open-ended list and a closed series of seventy-two names. Both lists presume to be exhaustive. Their respective understandings of “all,” however, are not identical. If they both comply with the axiom of monotheist onomatology that the single divinity has many names, each reflects a different position as to exactly how many they are. Theology vouches for an infinite number. Magic counters with seventy-two, the numerical equivalent of finitude ... More

Keywords: God, open-ended list, seventy-two names, The 72 Names, divinity, onomatology, theology, Dionysius the Areopagite

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226388700
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226388724.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Valentina Izmirlieva, author