The other day I came across something that I had no knowledge of at all, that was until I watched an hour long video which I have provided for you at the end of this post. Have you ever heard of the Golem? I’m sure you know of Gollum out of Lord of the Rings, but I am NOT talking about that Gollum. I am talking about the Golem of Jewish Folklore! It’s quite an interesting thing and has certainly piqued my curiosity. Does this Golem have anything to do with the Image of the Beast spoken about in the book of Revelation? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this, but please read as much as you can about this subject before saying anything about it. Ditch any preconceived ideas and ask yourself this, is the Image of the Beast some kind of Transhuman that has been given life in Revelation 13, is this possibly the beast of the earth. As you will soon learn, the Golem is made of clay, from the earth. I haven’t wrapped my head around this completely, but it certainly has got me thinking outside of the box.
The video I have posted at the end of this post is about Transhumanism and how ALL different cultures will find it relatively easy to come to terms with the technological enhancement of humankind. Previously I have mentioned the link between Transhumanism and Mormonism and the emergent/emerging Church. The word you have to be aware of is Co-Creotor, it’s the buzzword you have be aware of and what it could possibly mean in the future. But about half-way through the video, it talks about the Golem from Jewish Folklore. How does this relate to Transhumanism?
But first, just a little insight about the Golem…
The word “golem” appears in Psalms 139:16. A golem is a body in human form, but without an ability to speak – and therefore no soul. The Talmud relates that the Sages were able to create living beings through their knowledge of Kabbalah. This is achieved through combining the 22 letters of the aleph-bet into various Names of God.
This is similar to the process, so to speak, that God Himself used to create the world, as it is written: “And God SAID, ‘Let there be light.'” (Genesis 1:3) [source]
- Qualities of the Golem: The more elaborate stories of Rabbi Loew’s golem (which he calls Yosele) describe the creature as a very physical. He was a large “man”, possessed of great strength and acute hearing. He did not get sick, Rabbi Katz writes, citing Rabbi Loew, “for he had no lusts.” While in some versions Yosele is impervious to fire and water (drowning), in others he can be injured and he bleeds, but recovers quickly. Almost without exception, the golem is mute, since the power of speech is connected with the soul, and only God can grant a man a soul.
- Techniques for Creating a Golem: In the second stage you must combine each letter of the alphabet with each letter from the Tetragrammaton (YHVH, the four letter Name of God), and pronounce each of the resulting letter pairs with every possible vowel sound. In this case the use of the Tetragrammaton, even though it is permutated, is the “activation word”.
And it was given unto him to give breath to it, even to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as should not worship the image of the beast should be killed. Revelation 13:15
The following article links the Golem with Transhumanism…
Lisa Necks (M.A. in Media Studies, working toward. a Ph.D. in Modern Intellectual History and Literature) wrote an interesting article which covers transhumanism, in a manner of speaking, based on a consideration of the infamous golem (“The Golem: between the technological and the divine,” Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems, Volume 21, Issue 3, 1998, Pages 281-303).
No, in this case Golem does not refer to the human character in Lord of the Rings named Smeagol who became the creature Gollum.
And we now have scientists talking about the Golem…
Scientists To Build Real-Life Golem Magical Anthropomorphic Superhuman Giant??
“In Jewish and Czech folklore, the golem is an artificial, human-like creature that’s animated by magic. Now some scientists want to try their best to create a real-life version of the golem. The Beyond Artificial Intelligence conference, to be held at the University of West Bohemia this November, is calling on researchers to submit papers on how to best create an “Artificial Golem Intelligence.” [source]
Here are some academic papers that you can download which talk about the Golem.
The following article talks about the Jewish and Islamic side of the Golem, it also mentions the connection between Transhumanism and Alchemy. Yes, there IS a connection between the two, you can read about my post on this connection HERE.
Creating The Homunculus and Robots
In the late middle ages, both in Europe and the middle east, among both Jewish and Arabic writers, the idea of a artificial man arose. The term commonly used for such creations is a homunculus. Among the Jewish writers he was called a Golem. Abu Musa Jābir ibn Hayyān (Arabic: جابر بن حيان) an Islamic chemist astrologer, alchemist, physician among many other skills wrote a book entitled Kitab Al-Ahjar (“Book of Stones”). In it, he spoke of a goal called takwin (Arabic: تكوين) meaning to bring into being, which was nothing more than the creation of synthetic life. As Katheleen o’Connor explains in her 1994 doctoral dissertation for the University of Pennsylvania,
…From the emic perspective of the alchemist, the act of takwin was an emulation of the divine creative and life-giving powers of Genesis and Resurrection and tapped the physical and spiritual forces in nature. At the same time it was an act through which the alchemist was inwardly transformed and purified, a spiritual regeneration. [source]
Here is the video that speaks about transhumanism within different cultures and this is the video where I first learnt about the Golem…
And here is a scribd book on the subject of the Golem…I am yet to read it all, but I wanted to put it into this post for future reference…
So, there you have it. I would be interested in your thoughts. If you have any more information regarding this topic, please feel free to comment. Or if you would rather remain anonymous then you can contact me by going to this page HERE. Your details will not be disclosed.