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Golem (June 1990)
Jewish Magical and Mystical Traditions on the Artificial Anthropoid
Moshe Idel - Author

Idel's thesis is that the role of the golem concept in Judaism was to confer an exceptional status to the Jewish elite by bestowing it with the capability of supernatural powers deriving from a profound knowledge of the Hebrew language and its magical and mystical values.

This book is the first comprehensive treatment of the whole range of material dealing with creation of the golem beginning with late antiquity and ending with the modern tim...(Read More)
Sod ha-Shabbat
Sod ha-Shabbat (June 1989)
The Mystery of the Sabbath
Elliot K. Ginsburg - Author

The Sabbath has been one of the most significant and beloved institutions of Jewish life since late antiquity. Over a period of several centuries, the classical Kabbalists developed a rich body of ritual and myth that articulated a fresh vision of the Sabbath. The mystical understanding of the Sabbath was assimilated by virtually every Jewish community. This volume is a translation and critical commentary to Sod ha-Shabbat, a treatise on the ...(Read More)
The Sabbath in the Classical Kabbalah
The Sabbath in the Classical Kabbalah (June 1989)
Elliot K. Ginsburg - Author

"Ginsburg succeeds in finding his way through a vast web of difficult materials and presents them intelligibly to the modern reader. He has applied the categories of anthropology and history of religions to his materials in a most creative manner."-- Arthur Green, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

This book is a critical study of the mystical celebration of Sabbath in the classical period of Kabbalah, from the lat...(Read More)
Language, Torah, and Hermeneutics in Abraham Abulafia
Language, Torah, and Hermeneutics in Abraham Abulafia (December 1988)
Moshe Idel - Author

Abraham Abulafia, the founder of the ecstatic Kabbalah, exposed a mysticism that includes a deep interest in language as a universe in itself, to be studied as the philosophers study nature, in order to attain higher knowledge than natural science and speculative philosophy. The status of Hebrew as the natural, intellectual, and primordial language is discussed against the background of the medieval speculations regarding this topic.

Abula...(Read More)
The Binding of Isaac and Messiah
The Binding of Isaac and Messiah (November 1988)
Law, Martyrdom, and Deliverance in Early Rabbinic Religiosity
Aharon (Ronald E.) Agus - Author

"There is a true struggling with the texts and perennial human issues. The author's treatment forces the reader to think about martyrdom and the larger complex of law, history, biography, and redemption differently from the conventional ways we have been 'taught' to conceive of these issues in general and within Judaism." -- Steven D. Fraade, Yale University

The author provides an interpretation of the words of Jews living duri...(Read More)

Studies in Ecstatic Kabbalah
Studies in Ecstatic Kabbalah (July 1988)
Moshe Idel - Author

This book presents important topics regarding the more mystical trend of Kabbalah--the ecstatic Kabbalah. It includes the mystical union, the world of imagination, and concentration as a spiritual technique. The emphasis in the text is on the interaction between the "original" Spanish stage of Kabbalah and Muslim mysticism in the East, mainly in the Galilee. The influence of the Kabbalistic-Sufic synthesis on the later developments of Jewish myst...(Read More)
The Poetics of Ascent
The Poetics of Ascent (July 1988)
Theories of Language in a Rabbinic Ascent Text
Naomi Janowitz - Author

"The work incorporates an intelligent use of linguistic and anthropological categories to analyze a series of mystical texts. In this it is bold, innovative, and an original venture. Janowitz is in control of the difficult source material and gives its structure and content new depth and analytical possibilities by virtue of the categories she uses for analysis." -- Michael Fishbane, Brandeis University

This book represents the first Englis...(Read More)
The Mystical Experience in Abraham Abulafia
The Mystical Experience in Abraham Abulafia (December 1987)
Moshe Idel - Author

This book represents the first wide-scale presentation of a major Jewish mystic, the founder of the ecstatic Kabbalah. It includes a description of the techniques employed by his master, including the role of music. There is a discussion of the characteristics of his mystical experience and the erotic imagery by which it was expressed. Based on all the extant manuscript material of Abulafia, this book opens the way to a new understanding of Jewish m...(Read More)
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