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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)
 
 
Neoplatonism and Jewish Thought
Neoplatonism and Jewish Thought (July 1992)
Lenn E. Goodman - Editor

This book deals primarily with the problem of the one and the many. The problems of creation, of evil, of revelation, and of ethics are all treated as special cases of the general problem of relating the finite to the infinite, the many to the one. The authors focus on the unifying theme of mediation, the means by which the Absolute relates to the here and now. The principal figures studied include Philo, Plotinus, Iamblichus, Isaac Israeli, Avic...(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 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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