Three Esoteric Streams
“I must, however, rank among the very first of these my friend Gerschom Scholem, to whom Kabbalistic studies owe their complete renewal. His monumental work is for us, not only an unlimited resource but one that carries with it an imperative message we cannot ignore: we must no longer consider the “esoterisms” of the three great “Religions of the Book” as isolated phenomena.”
Two points here. The great Corbin is correct in his appreciation of the great Scholem, and secondly, it is essential that the esoteric currents of the three great “Religions of the Book” have to be studied as one telluric platform. The “esoterisms” of Islam, as transmitted mainly through Sufi vehicles, are well attested and undergoing something of a Renaissance at this moment in time. The “esoterisms” of Christianity, are harder to discern.
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