The Heart and the Fountain: An Anthology of Jewish Mystical Experiences

Paperback | September 26, 2003

EditorJoseph Dan

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Joseph Dan is one of the world's leading authorities on Jewish mysticism. In this superb anthology, Dan not only presents illuminating excerpts from the most important mystical texts, but also delves into the very meaning of mysticism itself. Dan takes readers through the historicaldevelopment of Jewish mysticism, from late antiquity to the modern period. He explores the Kabbalah, the esoteric tradition that delves into the secrets delivered by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, the emergence of Hasidism, and much more. He presents the great texts, from Hekhalot Rabbati, "TheGreater Book of Divine Palaces," set in the temple in Jerusalem; to the apocalyptic vision of Abraham Abulafia in the thirteenth century; to the Zohar, perhaps the best-known volume of all. For each piece, he offers an extended introduction that deftly places the work in the context of its time andits antecedents. "Mysticism is that which cannot be expressed in words, period," Dan writes. In this remarkable volume, he guides us through that seemingly impenetrable barrier to show how the inexpressible has been expressed in some of the most profound and challenging writing in existence.

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Joseph Dan is one of the world's leading authorities on Jewish mysticism. In this superb anthology, Dan not only presents illuminating excerpts from the most important mystical texts, but also delves into the very meaning of mysticism itself. Dan takes readers through the historicaldevelopment of Jewish mysticism, from late antiquity t...

Joseph Dan is the Gershom Scholem Professor of Kabbalah at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A winner of the Israel Prize in 1997, he is recognized as one of the most influential scholars of Jewish mysticism in the world today.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 26, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionI. "Religion, Mysticism, and Language"II. "Jewish Mysticism"III. "Jewish Concept of Language: The Midrash"IV. "Historical Outlines: Late Antiquity"V. "Historical Outlines: The Middle Ages"VI. "Historical Outlines: The Modern Period"VII. "The Christian Kabbalah"1. The Revelation of the Secret of the World2. Visions of Rabbi Akibah and Rabbi Ishmael3. The Deification of Enoch4. Rabbi Bahya Ibn Paquda: To See Without Eyes, To Hear Without Ears5. Gabirol: God and the Universe6. Addressing an Emanated Godhead7. The Voice of God Over the Water: The Worship of the Holy Name8. The Rokeah: The Devotion in Prayer9. Divine Will Clothed in Human Will: The Intention of Prayer in Early Kabbalah10. Abraham Abulafia: An Apocalyptic Vision11. The Mystical Immersion in Names and Letters: Shaarey Zedek12. Zohar: The Beginning13. Rabbi Simeon Bar Yohai and his Society of Mystics14. The Zohar: The Wondrous Child15. To Write Without Pen and Ink16. Joseph Della Reina: From Experience to Legend17. Walking with the Shekhinah: The Palm Tree of Devorah18. The Messianic Dreams of Rabbi Hayyim Vital19. A Prophetic Vision by Nathan of Gaza20. Nathan of Gaza Facing the Monsters of Evil: The Myth of the Doenmeh21. Luzzatto: Messianism and Sanctity22. The Mystical Prayer of Rabbi Israel Ba'al Shem Tov23. Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav: A Vision and a Dream24. Bialik: Mystical Poetry and Mystical Language25. The Sweet Voice of the Lord: Four Contemporary Israeli PoetsNotesPermissionsIndex

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"Author of more than fifty books and winner of the 1997 Israel Prize, Joseph Dan is one of the world's leading authorities on Jewish mysticism. In this anthology, Dan not only presents illuminating excerpts from the most important mystical texts but also delves into the very meaning ofmysticism itself."--Gadfly Online