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The Footprints of God
The Footprints of God (July 1993)
Divine Accommodation in Jewish and Christian Thought
Stephen D. Benin - Author

"This is an astoundingly erudite and intelligent study of an extremely interesting and complex topic. Benin writes well, he does not force points, and his over-all approach is very persuasive. He is extremely learned, and his control of nearly eighteen hundred years of Christian exegesis and theological writing is very impressive without being showy. Benin also has a good grasp of the larger implications of his study, and its modern 'relevance....(Read More)
Studies in the Zohar
Studies in the Zohar (March 1993)
Yehuda Liebes - Author
Arnold Schwartz - Translator
Stephanie Nakache - Translator
Penina Peli - Translator

This book deals with the "Book of Splendor" (Sefer ha-Zohar), the greatest achievement of Kabbalah and one of the most influential sources of Western mysticism. This book offers a new interpretation of the Zohar, analyzing both its theoretical content and its historical context; it also brings the theory and the history together by indicating the personal and autobiographical elements in the Zohar's teachings. The author delves into the issues of ...(Read More)
Studies in Jewish Myth and Messianism
Studies in Jewish Myth and Messianism (December 1992)
Yehuda Liebes - Author
Batya Stein - Translator

This book deals with the nature and development of Jewish myth from the Talmudic period through Kabbalah to Hasidism. It describes the changes in this myth in its various stages and the external influences on it. The author shows that myth is in the essence of the Jewish religion and that, rather than being created out of external influences, Kabbalah is one of its manifestions. The book also deals with the related subject of Messianism, and delv...(Read More)
The Paradoxical Ascent to God
The Paradoxical Ascent to God (December 1992)
The Kabbalistic Theosophy of Habad Hasidism
Rachel Elior - Author
Jeffrey M. Green - Translator

This book is a study of the Habad Hasidism movement, an influential part of the Hasidic Movement, which originated in the eigteenth century. Habad was founded by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1813) who established a Hasidic community in Belorussia and who set forth the new Habad doctrine in a book entitled Tanya (Likutey Amarim). This doctrine expounded the mystical ideas underlying the quest for God. Its essential innovation lay in t...(Read More)
The Hidden and Manifest God
The Hidden and Manifest God (October 1992)
Some Major Themes in Early Jewish Mysticism
Peter Schaefer - Author

This book represents the first wide-scale presentation and interpretation of pre-kabbalistic, Jewish mysticism. This is the Hekhalot or Merkavah mysticism. The emphasis is on the conceptions of God, the angels, and man that the texts provide and that are the framework of the Judaic world view in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages.

This interpretation is based on the major works of this early Jewish mysticism: Hekhal...(Read More)
The Books of Contemplation
The Books of Contemplation (February 1992)
Medieval Jewish Mystical Sources
Mark Verman - Author

The earliest medieval Jewish mystical writings, or kabbalah, date from the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. This is the first book to focus on the most prodigious group active at that time--the 'Circle of Contemplation'.

The 'Circle of Contemplation' generated a mystical theology that differs radically from mainstream kabbalistic theosophy. Two of this group's penetrating speculations on God and the origins of the unive...(Read More)
From Tradition to Commentary
From Tradition to Commentary (February 1991)
Torah and Its Interpretation in the Midrash Sifre to Deuteronomy
Steven D. Fraade - Author

This book examines Torah and its interpretation both as a recurring theme in the early rabbinic commentary and as the very practice of the commentary. It studies the phenomenon of ancient rabbinic scriptural commentary in relation to the perspectives of literary and historical criticisms and their complex intersection. The author discusses extensively the nature of ancient commentary, comparing and contrasting it with the antecedents in the pes...(Read More)
Between Worlds
Between Worlds (January 1991)
The Life and Thought of Rabbi David ben Judah Messer Leon
Hava Tirosh-Rothschild - Author

"The author clearly is at home in the study of both history and philosophy. This rare combination lends the book its unique quality. This is not just a biography of an Italian Renaissance Jew, but a history of the Jews in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy and the Ottoman Empire, from both a social and a cultural perspective. Its comprehensiveness in tracing the intellectual origins of the significant issues facing David ben Judah Messer Le...(Read More)
Four Approaches to the Book of Psalms
Four Approaches to the Book of Psalms (January 1991)
From Saadiah Gaon to Abraham Ibn Ezra
Uriel Simon - Author
Lenn J. Schramm - Translator

Uriel Simon describes the fascinating controversy that raged from the tenth to the twelfth centuries regarding the theological status and literary genre of the Psalms. Saadiah Gaon, who initiated the controversy, claimed that the Psalter was a second Torah--the Lord's word to David--and by no means man's prayer to God. Salmon ben Yerucham and Yefet ben Ali insisted on the Karaite view that the Book of Psalms was the prophetic common prayerbook of ...(Read More)
Between Kant and Kabbalah
Between Kant and Kabbalah (July 1990)
An Introduction to Isaac Breuer's Philosophy of Judaism
Alan L. Mittleman - Author

"A study of Breuer opens the door to many of the most important issues in modern Jewish religious and political thinking. This book elucidates those issues with vigor." -- Robert Goldenberg

This is the first full-length, systematic study in English of Isaac Breuer, a founder of Agudat Israel, whose intellectual achievements reflected the world of Franz Rosenzweig and Martin Buber in an Orthodox mirror. It sheds light on an often neglected a...(Read More)
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