Geoffrey Hodsonâ€™s The Hidden Wisdom of the Holy Bible is a Theosophical classic which demonstrates the method of uncovering the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom concealed within the stories and metaphors of the Old and New Testaments. Since its original four-volume form is unwieldy and repetitious and since Hodsonâ€™s style is difficult for modern readers, we have prepared a two-volume abridgment of Hodsonâ€™s work. Our aim in this edition is to make this classic of Theosophical literature accessible to contemporary readers.
Volume I of this series contains much of the material in Hodsonâ€™s original Volume I. Its purpose is to lay out and demonstrate succinctly Hodsonâ€™s method of biblical interpretation. Volume II of the series provides selections from Hodsonâ€™s interpretations of key scriptural episodes, such as the Creation, the Flood, the Life of Joseph, and the Exodus, chosen from the material in the original Volumes II, III, and IV.
Care has been taken to modernize Hodsonâ€™s style while remaining faithful to his method. Quotations from the King James Version are now identified by chapter and verse in parenthesis in the text. Definitions of Theosophical and Sanskrit terms formerly given in footnotes have been integrated into the text, and information about Hodsonâ€™s sources now appears in a Bibliography at the back of the book. Definitions of terms which Hodson did not define and which may be unclear to readers have been taken mainly from The Theosophical Glossary (TG) by H. P. Blavatsky and from the Occult Glossary (OG) by G. de Purucker. Some definitions are also from Blavatskyâ€™s The Secret Doctrine (SD).
In the interest of readability, a boxed summary in prose of each biblical chapter discussed by Hodson precedes the first chapter of his discussion; most passages which Hodson comments on directly are quoted in full from the King James Version. Readers are invited to consult a text of the Bible for complete versions of all passages discussed. Students of biblical literature should also be aware that Hodson took most of the Hebrew words and their translations (given in quotation marks) used in his discussions from The Unknown God, by F. J. Mayers, which is based in part on Fabre dâ€™Olivetâ€™s The Hebraic Tongue Restored. They are not from Strongâ€™s Concordance.
Hodsonâ€™s spelling, punctuation, and usage have also been modernized. In keeping with modern conventions, gender-specific terms such as man and mankind have been replaced by gender-neutral terms such as human being, humanity, and humankind. Masculine pronouns referring to the Deity have also been eliminated. Chapter titles and subheadings have been changed to make them more descriptive of the contents.
It is our hope that this book, as well as other volumes in the Theosophical Heritage Classics series, will bring the Ageless Wisdom to a new audience of readers as well as to those who have always found sustenance in drinking from its deep well of spiritual truth.