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The Kabbalah is a rich tradition of repeated attempts to achieve and portray direct experiences of God: The book is a contribution not only to the history of Jewish medieval mysticism but also to the study of medieval mysticism in general and will be of interest to historians orkgins psychologists, as well as to students of the history of religion.

Origins of the Kabbalah

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Selected Bibliography on Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism

Gershom Scholem’s study of the earliest manifestations of the school of Jewish mysticism that came to be referred to simply as Kabbalah “tradition”and the sources and trends which informed its emergent shape, here updated in light of two decades of research following its initial publication inis a monumental work of textual-historical criticism.

Scholem convincingly, if not irrefutably, demonstrates plausible chains of transmission by which the disparate intellectual traditions of wes Gershom Scholem’s study of the earliest manifestations of the school of Jewish mysticism that came to be referred to simply as Kabbalah “tradition”and the sources gersyom trends which informed its emergent shape, here updated in light of two decades of research following its initial publication inis a monumental work of textual-historical criticism.

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Scholem convincingly, if not irrefutably, roigins plausible chains of transmission by which the disparate intellectual traditions of west-Asian gnosticism, Medieval neoplatonism, and the various exegetical approaches to primary and secondary Hebrew scriptures came together in a synthesis possessing a unique meaning of its own, beginning in late 12th-century Provence.

Within a shared cultural environment, in an atmosphere of spiritual innovation effected as much by the Cathar controversy as by that surrounding Maimonides’s philosophizing approach to the Jewish faith, congruent developments occurred in the south of France, northern Spain, and among the German Hasidim.

More than merely a selective recombination of commensurate elements taken from the milieux in kbabalah the scholars of Torah found themselves, the early Kabbalah developed in response to internal motivations, the illuminatory phenomena of mystical meditation as well as the answers arrived at in striving to make sense of the significations of the Biblical text.

As mentioned above, Scholem’s reconstruction of the Kabbalah’s pre-history is not unassailable. Where the paper trail ends, he, as an historian, has recourse only to hypothesis, and other explanations for the form and content of the earliest extant kabbalistic materials are certainly possible, as amply demonstrated, for example, by Moshe Idel.

That being said, the sheer volume of manuscript evidence Scholem brings to bear is at least sufficient to warrant a careful analysis and serious evaluation of his conclusions.

Kabbalah Bibliographical Guide

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One could only hope this cult a certain rabbi set up would go away, but cults that draw celebrities like Gurumayi have a lot of sheep who go right after them. In Gershom Scholem’s book about Walter Benjamin, Benjamin befriends someone who is under the sway of a Jewish leader who emphasizes the magic and draws a cult around himself, in the twenties. Jul 31, Richard rated it it was amazing. Feb 21, Sidhartha rated it really liked it.

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He is widely egrshom as the founder of the modern, academic study of Kabbalah, becoming the first Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Scholem is best known for his collection of lectures, Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and for his biography Sabbatai Zevi, the Mystical Messiah His collected speeches and essays, published as On Kabbalah and its Symbolismhelped to spread knowledge of Jewish mysticism among non-Jews.

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