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Moshe Idel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780300126266

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300126266.001.0001

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Other Mystical and Magical Literatures in Renaissance Florence

Other Mystical and Magical Literatures in Renaissance Florence

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(p.202) 16 Other Mystical and Magical Literatures in Renaissance Florence
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Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510
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Moshe Idel

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300126266.003.0017

This chapter aims to show that, although all three main kabbalistic models, the ecstatic, the theosophical-theurgical, and the magical, were well represented in kabbalistic literatures available in Florence at the end of the fifteenth century, the spectrum of Jewish texts dealing with mystical topics was much more variegated. In addition to these literatures, there were extensive writings concerned with two other forms of spirituality. Their impact may have been less profound than that exercised by kabbalistic literature, but nevertheless they should not be ignored. The earliest form of Jewish mystical literature, the so-called Heikhalot literature stemming from late antiquity, had been preserved mostly by the Ashkenazi Pietists. Another form of medieval Jewish mysticism, which was relatively widespread in Laurentian Florence, was that of Hasidei Ashkenaz.

Keywords:   main kabbalistic models, kabbalistic literatures, Jewish texts, forms of spirituality, Heikhalot literature, Hasidei Ashkenaz

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