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Belief in 5600 (1840) as the Year of Redemption

Arie Morgenstern

in Hastening Redemption: Messianism and the Resettlement of the Land of Israel

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195305784
eISBN:
9780199784820
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195305787.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Various End-reckonings, based on both the Talmud and the Zohar, led to the conclusion that the Messiah would appear in 5600 A.M. (the six-hundredth year of the sixth millennium), corresponding to ... More


 The Literary Tradition of Beit El

Pinchas Giller

in Shalom Shar'abi and the Kabbalists of Beit El

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195328806
eISBN:
9780199870196
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328806.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The Beit El kabbalists root their practice in Sharʾabi's theoretical writings, which are uneven and call for much interpretation. Sharʾabi produced a number of mystical prayers and also formalized ... More


Early Modern Criticism of the <i>Zohar</i>

Yaacob Dweck

in The Scandal of Kabbalah: Leon Modena, Jewish Mysticism, Early Modern Venice

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691145082
eISBN:
9781400840007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691145082.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter argues that Modena's criticism of the Zohar's origins had little to do with its theological contents. It emerged as a reaction to the elevated status of the work among his Jewish ... More


‘Sage is preferable to prophet’: revisioning midrashic imagination

Elliot R. Wolfson

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/9780199206575.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter begins with Fishbane's understanding of ‘inspired exegesis’, that is, the thread found in rabbinic literature itself that considers rabbinic exegesis not only reliant on Torah study but ... More


Introduction

MICHAEL FISHBANE

in Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780198267331
eISBN:
9780191602078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198267339.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter begins with an exploration of the diverse sources that carried rabbinic myths to the Middle Ages. Three patterns are noted: a defence of the straightforward sense of Scripture and the ... More


Conclusions

MICHAEL FISHBANE

in Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780198267331
eISBN:
9780191602078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198267339.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter presents a synthesis of the studies in the preceding Chapters (10-12), focusing on a number of mystical tracts, particularly the book of Zohar — an heir of these prior layers of ... More


Final Conclusions

MICHAEL FISHBANE

in Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780198267331
eISBN:
9780191602078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198267339.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter presents a synthesis of all chapters discussed in this book. Three specific concepts are emphasized. The first is that this book is an exploration of the morphologies of myth and ... 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


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


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


The Zohar and Its Commentators

Pinchas Giller

in Reading the Zohar: A Sacred Text of Kabbalah

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195118490
eISBN:
9780199848874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118490.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The first chapter provides an overview of some general methodological questions regarding the Zohar's structure and archaeology. The author argues that schools of Zohar interpretation divide, ... More


The Idrot: The Literary Tradition

Pinchas Giller

in Reading the Zohar: A Sacred Text of Kabbalah

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195118490
eISBN:
9780199848874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118490.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The Idrot is one of the boldest presentations in the Zohar literature, expressing a mystical premise that God is a force that continually fills the world with divine energy which is universal in ... More


The Idrot: The Doctrine of the Countenances

Pinchas Giller

in Reading the Zohar: A Sacred Text of Kabbalah

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195118490
eISBN:
9780199848874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118490.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The author describes the most influential texts of the Zohar, the dramatic Idrot, in this chapter. These texts describe convocations in which various members of the Zohar's pietistic circle perish in ... More


Jewish Mysticism in the Lands of the Ishmaelites: A Re-Orientation

Ronald C. Kiener

in The Convergence of Judaism and Islam: Religious, Scientific, and Cultural Dimensions

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813036496
eISBN:
9780813041810
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813036496.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter is an attempt to rewrite the history of Jewish mysticism by examining its geographical origins and focusing on its medieval and premodern manifestations. It is also an effort to wrest ... More


The Art of Mystical Narrative: A Poetics of the Zohar

Eitan P. Fishbane

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780199948635
eISBN:
9780190885489
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199948635.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book studies the Zohar as a work of literature. While the Zohar has long been recognized as a signal achievement of mystical theology, myth, and exegesis, this monograph presents a poetics of ... More


Intradivine Romance: The Song of Songs in the Zohar

Arthur Green

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The Zohar is the great medieval Jewish compendium of mysticism, myth, and esoteric teaching. It may be considered the greatest work of Jewish literary imagination in the Middle Ages. ... More


Mystical Resistance: Uncovering the Zohar's Conversations with Christianity

Ellen D. Haskell

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190600433
eISBN:
9780190600457
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600433.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The thirteenth-century Jewish mystical classic Sefer ha-Zohar (The Book of Splendor) took shape against a backdrop of rising anti-Judaism in Spain. Mystical Resistance reveals that in addition to the ... More


Idylls of the Wanderer: Outside in Literature and Theory

Henry Sussman

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823227693
eISBN:
9780823235278
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823227693.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This book is an extended inquiry into the dimension of exteriority constructed by philosophical systems and literary works. Literature has, since its inception, depended on a rogue's ... More


The Afterlife of Judaism: The Zohar, Benjamin, Miller

Henry Sussman

in Idylls of the Wanderer: Outside in Literature and Theory

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823227693
eISBN:
9780823235278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823227693.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter examines the Judaic scenario of the afterlife in the works of Walter Benjamin, J. Hillis Miller, and in the Zohar. It states that in The Zohar, the rabbinical ... More


Divinization and Incarnational Thinking Inhasidism: An Overview

Shaul Magid

in Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791304
eISBN:
9780804793469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791304.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter is an overview of the notion of incarnational thinking in Hasidism. It traces this idea through a series of early Hasidic texts to suggest that Hasidic literature moves top the edges and ... More


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