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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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Spanish Kabbalists in Italy after the Expulsion

Spanish Kabbalists in Italy after the Expulsion

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(p.212) 17 Spanish Kabbalists in Italy after the Expulsion
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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/9780300126266.003.0018

This chapter shows how the Spanish Kabbalah arrived in Italy in two major waves: the first, at the end of the thirteenth century, influenced the writings of Abraham Abulafia and Menahem Recanati. The first Spanish arrivals shaped their kabbalistic sources in very significant ways, sometimes in response to the Italian predisposition to a more speculative approach. In contrast, the second major wave brought individuals who had been strongly shaped in a different intellectual environment, with different kabbalistic texts and religious proclivities, and who adapted themselves to only a marginal extent to the Italian ambiance. Indeed, they rather resisted the Italian Kabbalah they encountered. Most of the few detailed studies we have on the Spanish Jews who arrived in Italy after 1492 center upon influential figures such as Isaac Abravanel or Yitzhaq Arama, who were not Kabbalists.

Keywords:   first Spanish arrivals, Spanish Kabbalah, Italy, speculative approach, intellectual environment, Italian ambiance, Italian Kabbalah

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