Monday, April 09, 2012

Free chapter: Asprem, Arguing with Angels

FOR YOU, SPECIAL DEAL: The first chapter of Egil Asprem's forthcoming book, Arguing with Angels: Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture (SUNY, May 2012) is now available for free online. Asprem writes on his blog, Heterodoxology:
My first book, Arguing with Angels: Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture, is due to be released by SUNY Press next month (May 2012). The publisher has now released the first chapter of the book in electronic form on their website, so that you can read it there for free. This chapter is entitled “The Magus and the Seer”, and deals with John Dee’s angel conversations, the cultural and intellectual context, the role of the skryer, Edward Kelley, and some interpretations and explanations of what happened. When I wrote this chapter, already several years ago, it was intended as a “state of research” on Dee’s angelic diaries, and serve as an important reference for the rest of the book.
I noted the book in August of last year here. I shall be reading it carefully, especially the first chapter, as I prepare my SBL paper for the November meeting in Chicago: The 94 Books of Ezra and the Angelic Revelations of John Dee.

Also, here is another Heterodoxology post on the Dee-Kelley revelations which is highly relevant to my paper: An etiology of angelic vision: Article on John Dee and Edward Kelly in Aries.