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Alphabet Mysticism/Letter Mysticism
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I. History of Religion – II. Judaism

I. History of Religion

It is an intriguing fact – and not easy to explain – that the map of the monotheistic or “book” religions largely coincides with the map of the languages that use an Alphabet. The reverence given to Scripture in these religions influenced the attitude of believers toward language and toward letters, its building blocks. The deeply rooted belief in the divine origin of language cultivated in Judaism and Islam as well as H…

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Dan, Joseph, “Alphabet Mysticism/Letter Mysticism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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