|The movement faces its first criticisms|
Regardless of these mounting criticisms, the volume continued in-depth discussions over visions, alchemy and Kabbalah that had been started in previous volumes. Translations were also still being published; volume three included Of the Heavenly New Jerusalem by the radical Pietist Johanna Eleonora Petersen, who was to become a leader of German Philadelphianism alongside her husband. Also included were extracts from 'an Ambassadour in Muscovy' about the religious traditions practiced in Asia. The extracts were provided in both Latin and English, hinting at the calibre of reader. Included was a discussion of the 'Daley Lamma' or Dalai Lama, whom it was reported 'has lived for many Ages past'. It recounted how he changed with the moon, so that 'in the New Moon he is as a Youth, in the First Quarter as a perfect Man, in the Full Moon an old Man, and in the last Quarter, as Decrepit and worn out with Age'. The Philadelphians seemed especially interested in his religious authority, for the translation notes that those trusted by the Dalai Lama to rule and govern 'are all first to be Instructed and qualified in the Philosophical Colledge'.
|The three figures produced in a fold out page.|
The third volume ended with a promise that the fourth instalment of the Theosophical Transactions for July was already going to the press, with editions for the rest of the months of 1697 ready to follow. As we will see in future articles, only a fourth and fifth instalment ever emerged.
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- Jung, Martin H., 'Johanna Eleonora Petersen', in Lindberg, Carter (ed.), The Pietist Theologians: An Introduction to Theology in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005), pp. 147-160.
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