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Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation

Moshe Idel

Abstract

In this wide-ranging discussion of Kabbalah—from the mystical trends of medieval Judaism to modern Hasidism—this book considers different visions of the nature of the sacred text and of the methods to interpret it. It takes as a starting point the fact that the postbiblical Jewish world lost its geographical center with the destruction of the temple and so was left with a textual center, the Holy Book. The author argues that a text-oriented religion produced language-centered forms of mysticism. Against this background, he demonstrates how various Jewish mystics amplified the content of the Sc ... More

Keywords: Kabbalah, Judaism, Hasidism, sacred text, mysticism, Holy Book, text-oriented religion, Jewish mysticism, Jewish mystics, Scriptures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300083798
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300083798.001.0001

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Moshe Idel, author

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