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The Signifying Creator: Nontextual Sources of Meaning in Ancient Judaism

Michael D. Swartz

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814740934
eISBN:
9780814723784
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814740934.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

For centuries, Jews have been known as the “people of the book.” It is commonly thought that Judaism in the first several centuries CE found meaning exclusively in textual sources. But there is ... 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 God-Absorbing Text: Black Fire on White Fire

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/9780300083798.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter first examines the lack of metaphysics about language and looks at how the Torah is composed of white fire (the divine substance) and black fire (letters). It looks at the symbolic ... More


How Can Gandhi Interpret His Favorite Bhagavad-Gita as a Gospel of Nonviolence?

Douglas Allen

in Gandhi after 9/11: Creative Nonviolence and Sustainability

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780199491490
eISBN:
9780199097104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199491490.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

The Bhagavad-Gita is Gandhi’s guide to daily living. Scholars and Hindu followers of the Gita have found Gandhi’s readings and commentaries of karma-yoga and especially of a nonviolent Gita ... More


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