By Claire Fanger
Invoking Angels brings jointly a tightly themed number of essays on overdue medieval and early smooth texts excited about the function of angels within the cosmos, concentrating on angelic rituals and religious cosmologies. jointly, those essays tie medieval angel magic texts extra in actual fact to medieval faith and to the better-known author-magicians of the early sleek interval. within the means of rearticulating the certainty of Christian angel magic, participants study the areas the place an intersection of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic rules could be pointed out. apart from the editor, the members are Harvey J. Hames, Frank Klaassen, Katelyn Mesler, Sophie web page, Jan R. Veenstra, Julien Véronèse, Nicolas Weill-Parot, and Elliot R. Wolfson.
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The Ars notoria had thus been delivered to Adam, and then to others, in particular Solomon, who received from the hands of the angel Pamphilius, the principal minister of God, the Tabulae aureae, on which were inscribed the angelic names and prayers constituting the notary art. In this way the foundational myth is established, and the author returns to this myth repeatedJy, occasionally with variations, throughout the treatise. After de scribing the scene of its revelation, the author leaps forward in time and comes at length to the great disseminator of the art among men, Apollonius, dictus phy losophus, the text's second great authority.
At this point, after a brief presenta tion of the work of Apollonius, and before the author even arrives at the first prayer with the incipit Alpha et omega, the last part of the commentary estab lishes a few large principles that an operator who wishes to practice the Ars notoria successfully must follow and that will be reaffirmed again and again throughout the treatise (such as respect for the exigencies of timing and the need to lead a rigorous Christian life}. This is a good measure of the extent of the discrepancy that can exist between text and gloss.
Z. Janowitz notes that "as the category 'magic' shrinks, the catego ry 'theurgy' blossoms:' Icons of Power, 4010. 85. Scholem, Major Trends in Jew ish Mysticism, 4, quoting Jones's introduction to Studies in Mysti cal Religion (1909), xv. 86. , 5lf. 87. In regard to the scholar ly perception of theurgy and unio mystica within Judaism, of course, m uch has been reconfigured since Scholem. Against a prevailing te n dency to accept Scholem's strate gic diagn o s i s of mysti cal union as absent from Jewish mysticism, Moshe Ide) has defen ded the ide a that concepts of unio mystica are important to Judaism, too, often expressed in metaphors similar to those of Christian mysticism.