Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism

ISBN-10: 0805210423

ISBN-13: 9780805210422

Edition: Revised 

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This work revised perceptions of the role of mysticism in Western thought. It outlines the mystic movements from its beginnings in antiquity to its present role.
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List price: $18.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/2/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 4.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Gershom Scholem was a professor of Jewish mysticism at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem until his death in 1982. Among his most important works areMajor Trends in Jewish Mysticism, The Messianic Idea in Judaism,andOn the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism.

Richard Sieburth is Associate Professor of French, New York University.Gershom Scholem's contribution to the understanding of Jewish mysticism is so dramatic that it warrants a separate introduction. As a young student of mathematics, he became a Zionist and his interest shifted to Jewish history. Scholem moved from Germany to become the librarian of the new University and National Library in Jerusalem in 1923 and served as a professor at Hebrew University from 1935 to 1965. Before him, Jewish historians during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries scorned the ignored mystical dimension of Judaism as a relic of premodern superstition and ignorance. Scholem's erudition and deep insight gave Cabala a scholarly audience. His writings are often difficult to read, but they are indispensable for any thorough knowledge of the subject of Jewish mysticism.

Robert Alter is Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew & Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Foreword
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Table of Transliteration
General Characteristics of Jewish Mysticism
Merkabah Mysticism and Jewish Gnosticism
Hasidism in Mediaeval Germany
Abraham Abulafia and the Doctrine of Prophetic Kabbalism
The Zohar I. The Book and Its Author
The Zohar II. The Theosophic Doctrine of the Zohar
Isaac Luria and His School
Sabbatianism and Mystical Heresy
Hasidism: The Latest Phase
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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