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...Words to cast/My feelings into sculpted thoughts/To make some wisdom last
Theological Notebook: Some of the Very Best Books of My Doctorate 
28th-Sep-2006 07:26 am
I See You!
This brilliant constellation of texts changed, deepened, and revolutionized my vision of earliest Christianity. It's not that everything I thought I knew was wrong, rather it's that what was right was so much more rich than I'd ever imagined. This is the stuff I'm reviewing for my upcoming talk to the Seminar on the Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism. A most pleasurable duty.

Edit: I added April DeConick's book, which was a glaring oversight on my part.

The Image of the Invisible God: Essays on the Influence of Jewish Mysticism on Early Christology
Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus - NTOA 30
by Jarl E. Fossum
Academic Press Fribourg, 1995

'Mysticism' in the Gospel of John: An Inquiry into Its Background (Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series, 158)
by Jey J. Kanagaraj
Sheffield (April 1998)

Word and Glory: On the Exegetical and Theological Background of John's Prologue (Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement, No 89)
by Craig A. Evans
Sheffield (May 1994)

Two Powers in Heaven: Early Rabbinic Reports About Christianity and Gnosticism
by Alan F. Segal (Author)
Brill Academic Publishers (July 2002)

The Great Angel: A Study of Israel's Second God
by Margaret Barker
Westminster John Knox Press; 1st American ed edition (September 1992)

The Jewish Roots of Christological Monotheism: Papers from the St. Andrews Conference on the Historical Origins of the Worship of Jesus (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism)
by St. Andrews Conference on the Historical Origins of the Worship of Jesus (Author), James R. Davila (Author), Carey C. Newman (Editor), Gladys S. Lewis (Editor)
Brill Academic Publishers (October 1999)

Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity
by Daniel Boyarin
University of Pennsylvania Press (May 17, 2004)

Voices of the Mystics: Early Christian Discourse in the Gospels of John and Thomas and Other Ancient Christian Literature
by April D. DeConick
Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press (2001)
29th-Sep-2006 12:24 am (UTC) - Question on cistercian studies
sorry to be off topic to this interesting
post but I put up a query today seeking the
origin if any(before Coleridge) of "omnia
exeunt in mysterium."
there is an article of that title which might
deal at least with the source or absence thereof
as I noted at
Kinsella, Seán
in Cistercian Studies
“Omnia exeunt in mysterium” / Vol 36.4 (2001) 520-21

This is a title but I do not have access to the magazine. since
Cistercian Studies is a scholarly magazine I would guess Kinsella might
have given a source for the maxim? Anyone have access?

Have you access?
29th-Sep-2006 01:46 am (UTC) - Re: Question on cistercian studies

It doesn't look like you're in luck for the source-question. I do have online access through Marquette's library and this is the entire text of hte article you cited:
Author(s): Sean Kinsella
Publication title: Cistercian Studies Quarterly. Sonoita: 2001. Vol. 36, Iss. 4; pg. 520, 2 pgs
Source type: Periodical
ProQuest document ID: 90266542
Text Word Count 208
Document URL: http://0-proquest.umi.com.libus.csd.mu.edu:80/pqdlink?did=90266542&sid=1&Fmt=3&clientId=1953&RQT=309&VName=PQD

Full Text (208 words)
Copyright Santa Rita Abbey 2001

You can't make a literal statement about anything that is worth talking about.
-Thomas Merton, The Road to Joy

there is a pit whose likeness is the grave beside it gathered seven women where between two fingers one holds a pinch of earth

there is a depth of sorrow

from which their voices rise

tears and trust mingled together

under grey skies mixed with mourning

the cloistered spirit shivers

for there is a deafness to be feared

more dreadful than any angry word

is the silence of one's beloved

an absence bearing down with awful weight

they stand closely together

in the third hour of the day

to remember the earth they are, and will be

are voices raised so that flesh can follow?

was that body, once wounded and weeping,

raised in silence, or in spite of it?

the voice of the body; the body that is a voice

word that flesh has taken

are the thorns of silence become signs of glory?

what same body is both earth and word?

how can silence speak so eloquent?

the grave so deep; the height of rising so impossible

the gravity of remorse bows their shoulders

but the hope-of-heart raises the head

omnia exeunt in mysterium.

Sean Kinsella
There doesn't seem to be anything else, I'm sorry to say. As you can see, it's a poem rather than an article, per se.

29th-Sep-2006 02:04 am (UTC) - thank you
thanks a lot though
well it is a poem alright
ansd sean kinsella seems to be
a nice man, googled him after...
but I am left wondering would
coleridge have invented
'the scholastic' and coined
the saying?
it seems in a way odd that noone has
addressed this question and yet I can
see it is not a pressing sort of problem
for too many maybe :)
29th-Sep-2006 12:55 am (UTC)
Also off topic, alas. Bishop Seraphim suggested that I might enjoy your journal, so I have friended you. I hope you don't mind. While I'm not exactly a scholar, I do teach part time at St Norbert College so I expect we are likely to have some interests in common.
29th-Sep-2006 01:47 am (UTC)
Of course not! I just hope I can live up to some minimum expectation!

29th-Sep-2006 02:07 am (UTC)
and i do think you would like
fr john's journal too, he is a good
29th-Sep-2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Seraphim, for the kind words.
29th-Sep-2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mike (and thanks for helping Bp Seraphim out). I don't think I have much in the way of expectations, just an openness to others' thoughts and experiences. I will learn from you something about life and learning and God.
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