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Adam Kadmon
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(Qadmon; אדם קדמון, lit. primordial man). In 13th-century Kabbalah and later as well, Adam Kadmon articulated in anthropomorphic terminology the idea of the highest, concealed nature of the totality of divine powers, namely, of the plḗroma (Gk. πλήρωμα ). The antithetical concept is that of shiʾur qoma in Hekhalot mysticism (with which it belongs together in the Kabbalah). In the Zohar and in the Lurianic myth of the late 16th century, in which it represents the first emanation of the eternal divine light, Adam Kadmon is a creative mystical symbol. In co…

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Dan, Joseph, “Adam Kadmon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00138>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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