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Hekhalot Literature and the Origins of Jewish Mysticism

PETER SCHÄFER

in Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264744
eISBN:
9780191734663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.003.0016
Subject:
History, Middle East History

This chapter examines the origins of Jewish mysticism and the Hekhalot liteature. The findings do not confirm the trend in modern scholarship which locates the origins of Jewish mysticism in the ... More


The Work of the Chariot and the Work of Creation as mystical teachings in Philo of Alexandria: Translated from the Hebrew by James Jacobson‐Maisels

Yehuda Liebes

in Scriptural Exegesis: The Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199206575
eISBN:
9780191709678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter demonstrates that Philo of Alexandria considered the Work of the Chariot and the Work of Creation (i.e. Ezek 1 and 10, and Gen 1) to be domains of esoteric knowledge that must be ... More


The Zohar as Exegesis

Moshe Idel

in Mysticism and Sacred Scripture

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195097030
eISBN:
9780199848805
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195097030.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The Zohar is the canonic work of Jewish mysticism. The work represents one of the most elaborate and influential attempts in any tradition, to interpret the Bible, and certainly the most important ... More


From Kabbalah to Class Struggle: Expressionism, Marxism, and Yiddish Literature in the Life and Work of Meir Wiener

Mikhail Krutikov

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804770071
eISBN:
9780804777254
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804770071.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This book is an intellectual biography of Meir Wiener (1893–1941), an Austrian-Jewish intellectual and a student of Jewish mysticism who emigrated to the Soviet Union in 1926 and reinvented himself ... More


The Stories of Gershom Scholem

Amir Engel

in Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226428635
eISBN:
9780226428772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226428772.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter explains the novelty of the book’s approach over and against the existing literature in the field. It does so by posing the fundamental question regarding Scholem, namely, why is Scholem ... More


The Upsurge of Mysticism as a Jewish and Global Phenomenon

Jonathan Garb

in The Chosen Will Become Herds: Studies in Twentieth-Century Kabbalah

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300123944
eISBN:
9780300155044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300123944.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores three processes in the development of Jewish mysticism from the start of the twenty-first century. These three processes are: the global process, changes taking place in Israel ... More


The Book of Zohar and Exegetical Spirituality

Michael Fishbane

in Mysticism and Sacred Scripture

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195097030
eISBN:
9780199848805
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195097030.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The book of Zohar is the masterpiece of Jewish mysticism. Ostensibly a commentary on the Torah, it pulses with the desire for God on virtually every page. One may even say that the commentary is ... More


Aesthetics of Renewal: Martin Buber's Early Representation of Hasidism as Kulturkritik

Martina Urban

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226842707
eISBN:
9780226842738
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226842738.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Martin Buber's embrace of Hasidism at the start of the twentieth century was instrumental to the revival of this popular form of Jewish mysticism. Hoping to instigate a Jewish cultural and spiritual ... More


:The Shamanic Process: Descent and Fiery Transformations

in Shamanic Trance in Modern Kabbalah

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226282077
eISBN:
9780226282060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226282060.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter provides a definition of shamanism, and outlines the forms of movement from ordinary reality to altered reality, which are mythically described in terms of motion within imaginal ... More


Torah Study and Mystical Experiences in Jewish Mysticism

Moshe Idel

in Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083798
eISBN:
9780300135077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083798.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter turns to the mystical aspects that are connected to a study of biblical text, although it focuses on interpretation. It reveals that secrets are considered as an important part of life ... More


Shamanic Trance in Modern Kabbalah

Jonathan Garb

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226282077
eISBN:
9780226282060
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226282060.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book explores the shamanic dimensions of Jewish mysticism. The author integrates methods and models from the social sciences, comparative religion, and Jewish studies to offer a view of the ... More


Magical and Magical-Mystical Arcanizations of Canonical Books

Moshe Idel

in Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083798
eISBN:
9780300135077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083798.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses several views located in Jewish magical and Kabbalistic literatures. It looks at aspects that can be considered as magical, and addresses examples of a descending kind of ... More


Concluding Remarks

Moshe Idel

in Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083798
eISBN:
9780300135077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083798.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This concluding chapter provides an overview of the entire book, starting with Hasidism and the different forms of Kabbalah. It then combines the topics on Greek and Jewish attitudes, before ... More


Exploring the Backgrounds to Union with Christ

Grant Macaskill

in Union with Christ in the New Testament

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199684298
eISBN:
9780191764943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684298.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Theology

This chapter surveys the relevant backgrounds to union with Christ in the New Testament, and particularly the developments that have taken place in each area in recent decades. The problems ... More


Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation

Moshe Idel

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083798
eISBN:
9780300135077
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083798.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In this wide-ranging discussion of Kabbalah—from the mystical trends of medieval Judaism to modern Hasidism—this book considers different visions of the nature of the sacred text and of the methods ... More


Books of Spiritual Rescue (1948–1951)

Edward K. Kaplan

in Spiritual Radical: Abraham Joshua Heschel in America, 1940-1972

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300115406
eISBN:
9780300137699
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300115406.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses Heschel's new mission—to educate American Jews on two levels: theological and cultural. The foundation of both was what the author refers to as a sacred humanism, already ... More


Epilogue

in Shamanic Trance in Modern Kabbalah

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226282077
eISBN:
9780226282060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226282060.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In the Middle Ages, Kabbalah perforce retained a strong connection to Neo-Aristotelean or Neo-Platonic philosophy and indeed was in many ways inseparable from these discourses. It is problematic to ... More


Concepts of Scripture in Jewish Mysticism

Moshe Idel

in Jewish Concepts of Scripture: A Comparative Introduction

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814740620
eISBN:
9780814724798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814740620.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter talks about the Jewish mystical movements concerned with what is known as kabbalah. In these movements, a conception of God as Ein Sof—infinite, transcendent, yet related to the world ... More


Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography

Amir Engel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226428635
eISBN:
9780226428772
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226428772.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This book discusses the life and work of the best-known Israeli scholar, the Kabbalah historian of German Jewish descent, Gershom Scholem (1897 – 1982). It offers a new perspective on this seminal ... More


Reading the Zohar: A Sacred Text of Kabbalah

Pinchas Giller

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195118490
eISBN:
9780199848874
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118490.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Comprising well over a thousand pages of densely-written Aramaic, the compilation of texts known as the Zohar represents the collective wisdom of various strands of Jewish mysticism, or kabbalah, up ... More


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