A mystical work printed at Frankfurt in 1784, whose theories
resemble the doctrines of the Brahmins. It speculated about the
biblical creation story that before the Fall, Adam was a pure
spirit, a celestial being, surrounded by a mystic covering that
rendered him invulnerable to any poison or any power of the
elements. The physical body, therefore, is but a coarse husk in
which, having lost his primitive invulnerability, a human is
sheltered from the elements. In his condition of perfect glory
and perfect happiness, Adam was a natural king, ruling all
things visible and invisible, and showing forth the power of the
Almighty. He also bore ‘‘a fiery, two-edged, all-piercing
lance’’—a living word, which united all powers within itself, and
by means of which he could perform all things.