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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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Abraham Abulafia's Activity in Italy

Abraham Abulafia's Activity in Italy

(p.40) 3 Abraham Abulafia's Activity in Italy
Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510

Moshe Idel

Yale University Press

This chapter shows how, despite its negative heritage to the Jews, Rome became a center of Jewish spiritual creativity. The city also remained related, following some apocalyptic traditions in Judaism, to eschatological events that were regarded as favorable for Jews and unfavorable for Christians. Even before the thirteenth century, Rome played a very important role in the political and spiritual life of the Jews. The city symbolized both the evil Roman Empire, which destroyed the Jewish Second Temple, and the headquarters of the religion that later persecuted Jews more than any other—Christianity. This doubly negative heritage notwithstanding, in the medieval period Rome remained one of the main centers of power, regulating aspects of life in countries where many Jews were living.

Keywords:   negative heritage, Rome, Jewish spiritual creativity, apocalyptic traditions, Judaism, Christianity

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