Heart and the Fountain An Anthology of Jewish Mystical Experiences

ISBN-10: 0195139798

ISBN-13: 9780195139792

Edition: 2003

Authors: Joseph Dan

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Joseph Dan is one of the world's leading authorities on Jewish mysticism. In this superb anthology, Dan not only presents illuminating excerpts from the most important mystical texts, but also delves into the very meaning of mysticism itself. Dan takes readers through the historical development of Jewish mysticism, from late antiquity to the modern period. He explores the Kabbalah, the esoteric tradition that delves into the secrets delivered by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, the emergence of Hasidism, and much more. He presents the great texts, from Hekhalot Rabbati, "The Greater Book of Divine Palaces," set in the temple in Jerusalem; to the apocalyptic vision of Abraham Abulafia in the thirteenth century; to the Zohar, perhaps the best-known volume of all. For each piece, he offers an extended introduction that deftly places the work in the context of its time and its antecedents. "Mysticism is that which cannot be expressed in words, period," Dan writes. In this remarkable volume, he guides us through that seemingly impenetrable barrier to show how the inexpressible has been expressed in some of the most profound and challenging writing in existence.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034

Preface
Introduction
Religion, Mysticism, and Language
Jewish Mysticism
Jewish Concept of Language: The Midrash
Historical Outlines: Late Antiquity
Historical Outlines: The Middle Ages
Historical Outlines: The Modern Period
The Christian Kabbalah
The Revelation of the Secret of the World
Visions of Rabbi Akibah and Rabbi Ishmael
The Deification of Enoch
Rabbi Bahya Ibn Paquda: To See Without Eyes, To Hear Without Ears
Gabirol: God and the Universe
Addressing an Emanated Godhead
The Voice of God Over the Water: The Worship of the Holy Name
The Rokeah: The Devotion in Prayer
Divine Will Clothed in Human Will: The Intention of Prayer in Early Kabbalah
Abraham Abulafia: An Apocalyptic Vision
The Mystical Immersion in Names and Letters: Shaarey Zedek
Zohar: The Beginning
Rabbi Simeon Bar Yohai and His Society of Mystics
The Zohar: The Wondrous Child
To Write Without Pen and Ink
Joseph Della Reina: From Experience to Legend
Walking with the Shekhinah: The Palm Tree of Devorah
The Messianic Dreams of Rabbi Hayyim Vital
A Prophetic Vision by Nathan of Gaza
Nathan of Gaza Facing the Monsters of Evil: The Myth of the Doenmeh
Luzzatto: Messianism and Sanctity
The Mystical Prayer of Rabbi Israel Ba'al Shem Tov
Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav: A Vision and a Dream
Bialik: Mystical Poetry and Mystical Language
The Sweet Voice of the Lord: Four Contemporary Israeli Poets
Notes
Permissions
Index
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