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The Book of Abramelin: A New Translation - Revised and Expanded Hardcover – August 1, 2015
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Abraham von Worms, long thought to be a pseudonymous figure, is nearly conclusively proved to be the well-known 14th century Jewish scholar, Rabbi Jacob ben Moses ha Levi Moellin, and more commonly known as MaHaRIL. Some material attributed to him is still used in synagogues today.
Georg Dehn is a life-long student of all things esoteric, which led him on the quest to not only translate The Book of Abramelin, but also to follow in the original seeker's footsteps through the Middle East and eventually to the hermitage at Araki. He is the founder and publisher of Edition Araki, a German publishing company specializing in the occult. Dehn is the author of many works, Abramelin being the first to be translated into English. He lives in Leipzig, Germany.
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The story involves Abraham of Worms passing his magical and Kabbalistic secrets on to his son, and tells how he acquired his knowledge. Abraham recounts how he found Abramelin the Mage living in the desert outside an Egyptian town, Arachi or Araki, which borders the Nile. Abramelin's home sat atop a small hill surrounded by trees. He was an Egyptian mage and taught a powerful form of Kabbalistic magic to Abraham. He was a "venerable aged man", and very courteous and kind. He discussed nothing but "the Fear of God", the importance of leading a well-regulated life, and the evils of the "acquisition of riches and goods".
Dover edition 1975
Abramelin extracted a promise from Abraham that he would give up his "false dogmas" and live "in the Way and Law of the Lord." He then gave Abraham two manuscript books to copy for himself, asking for ten gold florins, which he took with the intention of distributing to seventy-two poor persons in Arachi. Upon his return fifteen days later, after having disposed of the payment money, Abramelin extracted an oath from Abraham to "serve and fear" the Lord, and to "live and die in His most Holy Law." After this, Abramelin gave Abraham the "Divine Science" and "True Magic" embedded within the two manuscripts, which he was to follow and give to only those whom he knew well.
Discussing that 2006 Dehn's version of Abramellin's work, the author Aaron Leitch, in an online pdf document entitled: "Abramelin's Magickal Word Squares Compiled and Corrected for the First Time," informs the readers that the book four of that version not only does not contain any grid for the magical words (not too bad until now...) but he also tells the readers the following: "Out of 242 squares, I have found approximately 156 in need of correction - not counting several instances where labels were applied to the wrong squares." Well, what a mess!! Moreover (as if it was not enough like that....), that 2006 Dehn's version also contains some error regarding the composition of the anointing oïl. Concerning that last matter, readers would certainly do well to Google "Abramelin Oil' to get more information.... And so, because of these important flaws (particularly, of course, all the errrors regarding the magic words), that edition of Abramelin's work, (reputed to be the "best one".....) deserves in my opinion only one star.
So, if someone can inform me about if the numerous errors (which literally polluted the 2006 edition) have been corrected, then, i will buy that new 2015 edition (and eventually change the rating according to its merits....).