CHALDEAN ORACLES OF ZOROASTER PDF

Post a Comment. In this article and the next [ Chaldean Oracles of Zoroaster - Beliefs Summary by Psellus and this Author ] we seek to understand the Oracles, discuss its possible authorship, and note any convergence or divergence with mainstream Zoroastrian philosophy and theology. Its neighbour to the east would have been Elam and Persia. In English language translations and interpretations of Classical Greek accounts of the reason, we find the name Chaldea used where we might otherwise find Sumer, Babylonia or even Mesopotamia. During the time when the classical Greek histories and accounts were written, Chaldea or Babylonia were part of the Persian Empire and Babylon was a centre of learning visited by several Greek travellers. Pythagorean "scriptures" are said to have included the Chaldean Oracles of Zoroaster.

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Wynn Westcott ,. Thomas Taylor Translator. Sapere Aude Pseudonym. Book Description: "Attributed to, but probably not of Chaldean origin; not oracles in the sense of prophecies ; and definitely not Zoroastrian; this is a famous collection of aphorisms cherry-picked from classical sources.

The earliest editions of the COZ were published during the renaissance, when Chaldea was a land of mystery to Europeans. Many of the cryptic 'Oracles' Book Description: "Attributed to, but probably not of Chaldean origin; not oracles in the sense of prophecies ; and definitely not Zoroastrian; this is a famous collection of aphorisms cherry-picked from classical sources. Many of the cryptic 'Oracles' seem to reflect Neo-Platonism, the Kabbalah and Gnostic views, which would have been considered heretical at the time.

Claiming an ancient Chaldean origin might simply have been a flag of convenience. Cory in his Ancient Fragments. This edition was published and introduced by the Theosophist W.

Westcott in his series Collectanea Hermetica in Despite the twisted background of this text, it has a definite resonance which students of the Esoteric will enjoy. Indeed, W. Yeats, who moved in Theosophical circles, was an admirer of this text.

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It should be stated upfront that most of the "oracles" that make up this collection are thoroughly Hellenistic and relatively late. I must say that reading the introduction to this reminded me of why occultists, like Westcott and his ilk, made very poor scholars. They missed almost no opportunity to speculate uselessly; and more in order to impress others usually uninformed t It should be stated upfront that most of the "oracles" that make up this collection are thoroughly Hellenistic and relatively late.

I thought of something Gershom Scholem said about occult Kabbalah enthusiasts that I thought totally apropos to the reading of Westcott's introduction to the Oracles: "To this category of supreme charlatanism belong the many and widely read books of Eliphas Levi actually Louis Constant; … and Frater Perdurabo Aleister Crowley; , all of whom had an infinitesimal knowledge of Kabbalah that did not prevent them from drawing freely on their imaginations instead. One can see how discoveries in the middle of the 20th century even proved their speculations to be idle fantasy.

Many of that group said that the Essenes were Kabbalists; and with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the world was finally exposed to what Essenic writings looked like and, surprise surprise, nothing even remotely resembling Kabbalah was discovered among the scrolls. One can include a multitude of other ridiculous assertions by theosophists, thelemites, Masons, Rosicrucians, et al.

I wouldn't recommend the vast majority of that torpid abyss of pseudo-literature. While the Chaldean Oracles are important for understanding late Hellenistic philosophy especially Neo-Platonism , they do not shed much light on Chaldean or Zoroastrian religious thought. As far as Babylonian religious thought is concerned, one should go to Berossus for a more or less reliable late account, and above all, to the vast collections of tablets that have been discovered for an earlier account.

For Zoroastrian thought, one should go to the Gathas and the Avesta for the earliest written evidence. The Pahlavi texts are also incredibly interesting, but they are notoriously difficult to date due to constant redaction and interpolation in the process of textual transmission.

It's a far better examination. Although, one must concede that most of the information he provides as being "Chaldean" is really Neo-Platonists interpreting the Oracles and thus simply Neo-Platonism. The Oracles themselves as indicated by the fragments are fairly Hellenistic as is, although a bit more poetically ambiguous. It is tempting though to theorize as to how the local religious wisdom traditions influenced Porphyry and Iamblichus.

Areas in Syria, and in what is now Lebanon, could have been the beneficiaries of Chaldean religious and wisdom traditions which found it's way into Neo-Platonism through Porphyry and Iamblichus. Stanley provides Psellus' and Pletho's comments on the oracles as well as an assortment of extracts from Neo-Platonist commentaries.

Thomas Stanley's work on Chaldean philosophy can be purchased separately, but at a price that makes buying the combined volumes of his History of Philosophy a far better buy. View all 10 comments. Interesting Interesting to read. A lot to digest. Oct 04, Gsmattingly rated it liked it. Very interesting book. It is short but I need to read it again. Nightshade Purplebroom rated it really liked it Feb 22, Richard rated it it was amazing Jul 31, Alan rated it it was amazing Jul 29, Jay Michaelson rated it really liked it Nov 19, Pia rated it really liked it Jul 11, Lee rated it it was amazing Feb 19, Susan Wands rated it did not like it Nov 20, Tony Whitman rated it it was ok May 23, J rated it it was amazing Sep 15, Ralph Davis rated it really liked it Jul 24, Hal Johnson rated it liked it Apr 23, Margaret P.

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