GNOSTICISM AND KABBALAH
Of Divine Sparks
As both scholars and theologians have noted (not least of all - the late, great Gershom Scholem), there are strong parallels between certain Gnostic and Kabbalistic concepts. For instance between the infinite Ain Soph and the intrinsically unknowable Monad, and between the sephiroth with their partzufim and the Gnostic aeons which are at once both ontological divine realms and personifications of such. Even the relationship itself between the Ain Soph/Monad and their emenations in the form of the sephiroth/aeons is somewhat similar, boiling down to the essential fact that in both systems the One is the many, and the many are the One. This kind of Emanationism, beginning with the highest most transcendent level of the divine and successively descending downward toward materiality, is an essential characteristic of both systems (much like Neoplatonism and classical Hermeticism).