From Metaphysics To Midrash: Myth, History, And The Interpretation Of Scripture In Lurianic Kabbala

Hardcover | July 9, 2008

byShaul Magid

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In From Metaphysics to Midrash, Shaul Magid explores the exegetical tradition of Isaac Luria and his followers within the historical context in 16th-century Safed, a unique community that brought practitioners of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam into close contact with one another. Luria's scripture became a theater in which kabbalists redrew boundaries of difference in areas of ethnicity, gender, and the human relation to the divine. Magid investigates how cultural influences altered scriptural exegesis of Lurianic Kabbala in its philosophical, hermeneutical, and historical perspectives. He suggests that Luria and his followers were far from cloistered. They used their considerable skills to weigh in on important matters of the day, offering, at times, some surprising solutions to perennial theological problems.

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In From Metaphysics to Midrash, Shaul Magid explores the exegetical tradition of Isaac Luria and his followers within the historical context in 16th-century Safed, a unique community that brought practitioners of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam into close contact with one another. Luria's scripture became a theater in which kabbalists...

Shaul Magid is Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor in Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.01 inPublished:July 9, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253350883

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Kabbala, New Historicism, and the Question of Boundaries
The Lurianic Myth: A Playbill
1. Genesis
"And Adam's Sin Was (Very) Great": Original Sin in Lurianic Exegesis
2. Exodus
The "Other" Israel: The Erev Rav (Mixed Multitude) as Conversos
3. Leviticus
The Sin of Becoming a Woman: Male Homosexuality and the Castration Complex
4. Numbers
Balaam, Moses, and the Prophecy of the "Other": A Lurianic Vision for the Erasure of Difference
5. Deuteronomy
The Human and/as God: Divine Incarnation and the "Image of God"
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"A pioneering foray into Lurianic biblical exegesis; nothing like it has been attempted in English before." -Alan Cooper, Jewish Theological Seminary