Book of the Mysteries of the Heavens and the Earth, TheProduct no.: 0-89254-087-7
This edition makes available for a new generation an Ethiopian text that was believed to have been revealed to its scribe by the archangel Gabriel in the 15th century.
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The Book of the Mysteries of the Heavens and the Earth lays out mystical cosmography, including the angelic hierarchy, gives an interpretation of St. John's Revelation, and contains discourses on the Godhead, the Trinity, and the birth of Enoch.
This work is of value for students of esotericism, Gnosticism and African culture, as it sheds light on the distinctive features of Ethiopian Christianity - an intriguing blend of magical practice and orthodox theology. R. A. Gilbert's foreword explains the evolution of Christianity and religious literature in Ethiopia and the significance of this work among Sir Wallis Budge's many translations of ancient religious texts.
E. A. Wallis Budge's last completed translation before he passed away in 1934.
"And the number of those [souls] who through that man escaped from Sheol was five hundred and forty-six thousand. And some of these were heathen. And the angels said, "this thing is terrifying." And our Lord saith in the Gospel, "He who believeth and who is baptized shall be saved, but he who believeth not shall be damned" (Mark xvi. 16). How then was it possible for these [souls] to escape? And thee, O son of man, hast thou heard that some of the heathen have been saved? [No doubt thou hast], but they did not enter the Garden (Paradise) without being baptized, for Michael baptized them, and they shone with splendour like the son. And the Holy Abbâ (Father) marvelled, and said, "Amânû'êl hath the power to do everything."
E. A. Wallis Budge was a curator of Egyptian and Assyrian antiquities at the British Museum, London, for which he collected vast numbers of cuneiform tablets, Egyptian papyri, and Greek, Coptic, Arabic, Syrian and Ethiopic manuscripts from 1883 to 1924. He was knighted in 1920 and is best known for his translation of The Egyptian Book of the Dead.
|Translator||Budge, E. A. Wallis|
|Book Type||Trade Paperback|
|Page Count||175 pp.|
|Publisher||Ibis Press 2004|
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