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Origins of the Kabbalah

by Scholem, Gershom Gerhard

Princeton University Press | January 21, 1991 | Trade Paperback

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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.


Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 504 pages, 9.2 × 6.14 × 1.09 in

Published: January 21, 1991

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0691020477

ISBN - 13: 9780691020471

Found in: History, Magick Studies

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Origins of the Kabbalah

Origins of the Kabbalah

by Scholem, Gershom Gerhard

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 504 pages, 9.2 × 6.14 × 1.09 in

Published: January 21, 1991

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0691020477

ISBN - 13: 9780691020471

About the Book

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.

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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.


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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