Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Moses Cordovero concept of God and the Teaching of Jesus 40 AD.

In a series of works the most important of which is that entitled "Pardes Rimmonim," (Orchard of Pomegranates) Moses Cordovero (1522-1570) endeavored to elucidate all the tenets of the Kabbala, such as the doctrines of the sefirot, emanation, the divine names, the import and significance of the alphabet (Aleph-Bet).

Quite original is Cordovero's conception of God set forth by him in his "Shi'ur Ḳomah." It is surprisingly identical with that taught later by Spinoza and there can be no doubt that the Dutch philosopher alluded to Cordovero when, in answer to the question addressed to him by his friend Oldenburg on the origin of his theory, he referred to an old Jewish philosopher ("Epistola," pp. 21, 22).

In describing the relation of God to His creatures Cordovero expresses himself in the following terms: ("Shi'ur Ḳomah," ch. xxii.)

"And the Holy One—`Blessed be He - shines in the ten sefirot of the world of emanation, in the ten sefirot of the world of creation, and in the ten heavenly spheres. In investigating this subject the reader will find: that we all proceed from Him, and are comprised in Him; that our life is interwoven with His; that He is the existence of all beings; that the inferior beings, such as vegetables and animals, which serve us as nourishment, are not outside of Him; in short, he will discover that all is one revolving wheel, which ascends and descends—all is one, and nothing is separated from Him". -

From the Gospel of Thomas (40 AD) we see that 1500 years earlier Jesus teaches this Original Doctrine of God:  

(77) Jesus said, "It is I who am the LIGHT that presides over ALL.

It is I who am the Entirety: It is from me that the Entirety has come, and to me that the Entirety goes. Split a piece of wood: I am there. Lift a stone, and you (plur.) will find me there."

Pardes Rimonim, Orchard of Pomegranates - V... by Moshe Cordovero

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