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Jacob's Ladder

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ISBN13: 9780802865168

ISBN10: 080286516

Publisher: W.B.Eerdmans

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  • Few of the great Russian author Sergius Bulgakovs writings achieve the lyrical heights of Jacobs Ladder. In this book, originally published in 1929, Bulgakov explores the doctrine of angels and their importance for contemporary humanity. He frames his work with meditations on the meaning of love, not as a sentimental indulgence, but as a way of understanding the deep, tender, self-sacrificing, personal knowledge that is both at the heart of a Trinitarian God and in the midst of relationships between human beings and their guardian angels. These discussions on the creation, function, nature, appearances and incorporeality of angels lead also to reflections on the incarnation and human nature, especially the role of the sexes, death, and the Christian hope of resurrection.

    Jacobs Ladder completes the development of Divine Sophia , on the Wisdom of God in creation , begun in The Burning Bush and The Friend of the Bridegroom, which together constitute Bulgakovs first dogmatic trilogy.

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    Written by Bulgakov after a near-death encounter with an angelic being who led him back to life, Jacobs Ladder possesses a mystical intensity almost beyond words. Using doctrinal, scriptural, liturgical, iconographic, and personal experiential data, Bulgakov provides a theological interpretation of the doctrine of angels. Its lyrical beauty and its profound speculative reflections make this book very difficult to translate, but Thomas Allan Smith has more than met the challenge, offering English-speaking readers what is undoubtedly the greatest work of angelology in the modern Orthodox literature.

    - Boris Jakim

    "Bulgakov masterfully intertwines the multistranded Christian tradition into not simply a tract on angels but, more importantly, a profound and beautiful rhapsody on divine love as manifested in both the angelic and the human realm. This is not a simple book about angels but, rather, a radiant and hope-filled symphony beginning with words of love , God-Love created human beings for love , and culminating in joy: How great is the joy bestowed on humankind knowing this! No small recognition is owed Thomas Allan Smith for working a difficult Russian text into a flowing and enjoyably readable English translation."

    - Myroslaw Tataryn

  • A human being lives only to the degree and by how much it loves, and it dies to the extent and by how much it does not love. The one who loves is rich, for one becomes rich in God-Love. Created after the image of God, who created everything by love and who embraced everything by love, the human being is called to make room in its own love for everyone and everything. It only begins the first lessons of love; before it lies the life of the future age, all of eternity, which can be filled only by love, for there is no life and there is no eternity in non-love.
    , from the introduction


Jacob's Ladder