Quaker Studies

Robert Barclay and Kabbalah

Quaker Studies (2016), 21, (1), 3–13.

Abstract

Robert Barclay inhabited a broad spiritual and theological cosmos. Long recognised as a Jesuit-trained ex-Calvinist well versed in Protestant scholastic theology, Barclay was also acquainted with Jewish Kabbalistic writings through Knorr von Rosenroth’s Kabbala denudata. A comparison of Barclay with his friend George Keith, also influenced by von Rosenroth, reveals new layers of meaning in Barclay’s work, particularly in applications of Kabbalistic terms to Christology.

Robert Barclay and Kabbalah

Abstract

Robert Barclay inhabited a broad spiritual and theological cosmos. Long recognised as a Jesuit-trained ex-Calvinist well versed in Protestant scholastic theology, Barclay was also acquainted with Jewish Kabbalistic writings through Knorr von Rosenroth’s Kabbala denudata. A comparison of Barclay with his friend George Keith, also influenced by von Rosenroth, reveals new layers of meaning in Barclay’s work, particularly in applications of Kabbalistic terms to Christology.


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Birkel, Michael