John Dee's Introductory Prayer to His First Angelic Communication.
Ad Deum Omnipotentem Protestatio fidelis:
ad perpetuam rei memoriam Anno 1582.
A Testimony to the faithful Omnipotence of God:
as a continual memorial concerning the matters
of the year 1582.
(where he writes against the Wicked Devil Callers) I noted unto him this
"Facilius (sine comparatione a Deo * impetrandum foret, vel
a bonis spiritibus, quie quid homini utile reputare. etc.)"
"In order to free himself from difficulty (To reflect upon the
profit with which a man, may entreat the incomparable will
of God, as well as that of his good spirits etc.)"
which my counsel he promised me to follow, as thou art witness, O our true and almighty God.
"Numquid non est Deus in Israel, ut eatis ad
consulendum Beelzebub, deum Accaron?"
"Is it not because there is not a God in Israel,
ye go enquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron
The notes which follow pertain to the Biblical references in Dee's above given prayer. They are generally concerned with specific points raised in the text itself, except in the case of note 1. which is an examples of the extremes to which scriptural referencing may be taken. The following texts were consulted in the course of our research, comparison, and translation:
The Hexaglot Bible edt. Rev. Edward Riches De Levante, Ph.D. (London: Dickinson and Higham, 1874) xv vols.
C.I. Scofield, D.D. edt. Holy Bible, The New Scofield Reference Edition of the Authorized King James Version (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1967)
The New English Bible with the Apocrypha (U.S.A.: Oxford Univ. Press, 1970)
R.H. Charles D.D. edt., The Apocrypha and Pseudepigripha of the Old Testament in English, 2 vols. (Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1916)
1. Mk.I:1; XIII:6; XIV:61; XV:32; Lk.II:11; XXII:67; XXIII:2,39; XXIV:26,47;
2. James Orchard Halliwell, F.R.S., ed. The Private Diary Of Dr. John Dee And
3. Peter J. French, John Dee, The World Of An Elizabethan Magus (London:
4. Gen.V:18-24; Sir.XLIV:16; XLIX:14; Wisd.IV:10-16 Jub.IV:16-24; VII:38-9;
5. Ex.II:23-5; III:2-22; IV:1-17,19-28; V:22-3; VI-XIV, XV:25; XVI:4-35;
6. Gen.XII:1-3,7; XIII:14-7; XV:1-21; XVI:7-12; XVII:1-22; ;XVIII; XXX:3-7;
7. Gen.XXII1-18; XXV:21,23; XXVI:2-5,24-5.
8. Gen.XXV:21-3; XXVIII:11-22; XXX:22; XXXI:3,11-3,24; XXXII:1,24-31;
9. Num.XIV:30-8; XXVI:15-23; Dt.III:28; XXXIV:9 Jos.I:1-7; III-VIII, X:7-XI,
11. 2 Esd.I-XVI.
12. Dan.I:8-II:49; IV-XII; Bel.
14. The following is a chain reference dealing with the practices of Theurgy and
15. Ex.XXVIII:15-35; Lev.VIII:8; I Sam.XXIII:9-12; XXX:7-8.
16. I Sam.IX:9; XV:27.
17. I Sam.IX:3-20.
18. I Kin.III; IV:29-VII; Ps.LXXII; Prov.I-II; V-XVII; XXV-XXIX; Ecc.I-XII;
19. cf. Thelema Lodge O.T.O.(Berkley: Apr.1988 e.v.)
21. Saul Barnabas, op cit. Halliwell pp.13-15.
22. Dee give Christalline for crystalline which may be an allusion to Christ
23. Frater Achad(Charles Stanfield Jones), Crystal vision Through Crystal
24. T. Zetzneri ed., Theatrum Chemicum Praecipros Selectorum Auctorum