Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

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Edited by: Wouter J. Hanegraaff, in collaboration with Antoine Faivre, Roelof van den Broek and Jean-Pierre Brach

Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online is the comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of “Gnosis and Western Esotericism” from the period of Late Antiquity to the present. Containing around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19thcentury Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement. Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online also contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence.

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Lopukhin, Ivan Vladimirovich

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Author(s): Faivre, Antoine
Lopukhin (also Lopuchin, or Lopushin), Ivan Vladimirovich, * 24 Feb 1756 (Retjashi (Orel, Russia)), † 22 Jun 1816 (Retjashi) After a short military career in the Russian army, Lopukhin retired as early as 1782 with the rank of colonel. He was appointed at the Criminal Court of Moscow, becoming its President in 1785, and served in the military criminal courts under Katherine II, Paul I (who made him a State Secretary and Senator), and Alexander I. Socially and politically, he is remembered as a philanthropist – fir…

Lorber, Jakob

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Author(s): Mayer, Jean-François
Lorber, Jakob, * 22 Jul 1800 (Kanischa), † 24 Aug 1864 (Graz) Musician and teacher. Received revelations through the “Inner Word”, which continue to attract readers today, and are translated into an increasing number of languages. They have become a model for other Neuoffenbarungen (new revelations) in the German-speaking world. Lorber was born in a village of Lower Styria, not far from Maribor (today in Slovenia). At an early age he developed musical gifts and learned to play various instruments. He decided to study for becoming a school teach…