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beyond the understanding of an average mind

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confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

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Jewish esotericism is the oldest continuous occult tradition in the West, but this encyclopedia represents the first comprehensive treasury of such teachings drawing from Jewish scripture, Talmud, Kabbalah and other esoteric Judaic branches.
His wide separateness from such poets is revealed in his simpler intention: his final aversion to esotericism.
Others, such as Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, present him as a master of esotericism.
ancient work, close in spirit to aspects of Greek esotericism that
Even as he moved from the fringes of the artistic literary avant-garde to the realm of mass-market fiction, however, Shiel retained a certain amount of the "high art" esotericism that had characterized his decadent output.
Heusel argues that Backus's book, despite its weaknesses (his esotericism and the massive burden he makes a single text--The Unicorn--bear), raises issues that critics need to address.
Klaus also found the guests to the cloister to be fascinating: one was "an athletic, divinely beautiful lad," a Bavarian Jew who, inspired by Bemus's esotericism, tended in his mental abstraction to roam the cloister in the nude.
As part of our nation's collective policies for the acquisition and use of knowledge, an explicit policy for the humanities would recognize that the hyperspecialization and esotericism of contemporary humanities education must make room for a humanities focused on contributing knowledge to those grappling with the complex issues of modern society.
He faults its (vulgar, reductive) tendency toward "unambiguous sloganeering" and welcomes what he perceives to be the tempering moments when the poems return to a more sophisticated dialectic, with indecipherability, esotericism, and a certain surrealist "warp" (48).
This is hardly surprising, as much of mainstream Western scholarship has taken humanity out of the study of nations, congealing it with jargon and reducing it to an esotericism called "international relations", the chess game of Western power.
Both the open didacticism of such wisdom texts as "Precepts", "Maxims", "The Order of the World", "Soul and Body", "The Gifts of Men", "The Fortunes of Men" and the esotericism of the two "Dialogues of Salomon and Saturn" correspond directly with the didacticism and esotericism interwoven within the Exeter riddle collection.
Jewish esotericism, both Franco-German and Spanish contributed some fascinating expositions of this rabbinic teaching, dating from at least as early as the twelfth century.
14) It does, however, allow us to see elements of the political philosophy Emerson shares with the likes of Nietzsche, Hitler, Schmitt, and Strauss, similarities that are often obscured by textual esotericism or critics' political preconceptions.
He rejects the modernist assumption that human rationality emerges in its pure and privileged form only in the natural and social sciences; and he convincingly uncloaks the theological isolationism and Christian esotericism in the works of Ronald Thiemann and John Milbank.
Religion in Public Life laudably attempts to rein in both the esotericism and the ideological excess of this debate, and in so doing makes a genuine contribution to the present and future understanding of religion as an indelible feature of the American political landscape.