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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


Reading the Idrot

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/9780195118490.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter details the central hermeneutical strategies pursued by some of the Safed kabbalists, who read the Idrot in such a way as to reinforce and underscore their special myth. Emphasis is ... 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


Shaul Magid, Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity and the Construction of Modern Judaism. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015. 271 pp.

Richard I. Cohen (ed.)

in Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780190912628
eISBN:
9780190912659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190912628.003.0029
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Religion and Society

This chapter reviews the book Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity and the Construction of Modern Judaism (2015), by Shaul Magid. In Hasidism Incarnate, Magid shows how incarnation works in ... More


:Trance and the Nomian

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/9780226282060.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter argues that shamanic trance often seems in contexts of a markedly nomian nature. The Hasidic movement can be shown as a prime example of the intimate link between trance experience and ... More


The Influence of Reshit ḥokhmah on the Teachings of the Maggid of Mezhirech

Bracha Sack

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter demonstrates that in both the hasidic concepts of man and of divine service, the ideas of R. Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezhirech, are clearly related to those expressed by the ... More


The Mystic: Life without Limits

Rachel Elior

in Jewish Mysticism: The Infinite Expression of Freedom

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774679
eISBN:
9781800340107
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774679.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter describes the mystic. A mystic is one who is gifted with spiritual greatness, vision, imagination, inspiration, and the ability to be exalted; one who is able, awake or in dreams, to ... More


The Authority of the Zohar

Boaz Huss

in Zohar: Reception and Impact

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113966
eISBN:
9781800340251
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113966.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter assesses the various manifestations of the Zohar's increasing authority and the historical and social contexts that finally led to its recognition by most Jewish communities in the early ... More


On the History of Zohar Interpretation

Boaz Huss

in Zohar: Reception and Impact

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113966
eISBN:
9781800340251
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113966.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter addresses how the value of the Zohar as a form of cultural capital was further reflected in the intensive engagement in its interpretation, which became a central practice of kabbalists ... More


Receiving Tradition, Constructing Authority

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Isaac ben Samuel of Akko's Me'irat 'Einayim, a supercommentary to Nahmanides' Commentary on the Torah, reflects an eclectic and anthological approach in which he attempts to bridge the diverse ... More


Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510: A Survey

Moshe Idel

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300126266
eISBN:
9780300155877
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300126266.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This sweeping survey of the history of Kabbalah in Italy charts the ways that Kabbalistic thought and literature developed in Italy and how its unique geographical situation facilitated the arrival ... More


Zoharic Literature and Midrashic Temporality

Elliot Wolfson

in Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113713
eISBN:
9781800340169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter assesses how the conception of time that informed the midrashic mindset reaches a crescendo in the homilies that were eventually included in what may be called the zoharic literature. In ... More


Abraham Abulafia's Hermeneutics

Moshe Idel

in Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510: A Survey

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300126266
eISBN:
9780300155877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300126266.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on Abulafia's innovative and complex hermeneutical system, one of his most original contributions to Jewish mysticism. This hermeneutical system became widespread in Kabbalah. ... More


Text and Interpretation Infinities in Kabbalah

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/9780300083798.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of scroll fascination, which started in the late thirteenth century. This is noted to be the same time as the free symbolic interpretations of the ... More


The Book that Contains and Maintains All

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/9780300083798.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The book is the focus of this chapter, starting with its two main forms (historical and ontological) and its role as an inner divine attribute during early Kabbalah. It looks at the Sefer ha-Bahir, ... More


Psychological Notions of Power

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/9780300123944.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the psychological perception of power by focusing on R. Yehuda Ha-Levi Leib Ashlag's circle. It explains that Ashlag assigned importance to the political dimension of power, ... More


Allegories, Divine Names, and Experiences in Ecstatic Kabbalah

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/9780300083798.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on allegory, and begins with a discussion of interpretive allegory within Jewish literature and its role in Jewish hermeneutics. It then looks at an example that includes ... More


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