Origins of the Kabbalah by Scholem, Gershom GerhardOrigins of the Kabbalah by Scholem, Gershom Gerhard

Origins of the Kabbalah

byScholem, Gershom Gerhard

Paperback | January 21, 1991

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One of the most important scholars of our century, Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) opened up a once esoteric world of Jewish mysticism, the Kabbalah, to concerned students of religion. The Kabbalah is a rich tradition of repeated attempts to achieve and portray direct experiences of God: its twelfth-and thirteenth-century beginnings in southern France and Spain are probed in Origins of the Kabbalah, a work crucial in Scholem's oeuvre. The book is a contribution not only to the history of Jewish medieval mysticism but also to the study of medieval mysticism in general and will be of interest to historians and psychologists, as well as to students of the history of religion.

Title:Origins of the KabbalahFormat:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.09 inPublished:January 21, 1991Publisher:Princeton University Press

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ISBN - 10:0691020477

ISBN - 13:9780691020471

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Table of Contents


  • FrontMatter, pg. i
  • Oontents, pg. v
  • Sources, pg. ix
  • Editor's Preface, pg. xi
  • Author's Preface to the First (German) Edition, pg. xv
  • Chapter One. The Problem, pg. 1
  • Chapter Two. The Book Bahir, pg. 49
  • Chapter Three. The First Kabbalists in Provence, pg. 199
  • Chapter Four. The Kabbalistic Center in Gerona, pg. 365
  • Index, pg. 477



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"This book has been a classic in its field since it was first issued in 1950, and it still stands as uniquely authoritative and intriguingly instructive. . . . [It is] a monument of revelation and insight bridging anthropology, religion, sociology, and history."--Publishers Weekly