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Moshe Idel

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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Radical Forms of Jewish Hermeneutics

Radical Forms of Jewish Hermeneutics

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(p.250) 9 Radical Forms of Jewish Hermeneutics
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Absorbing Perfections
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Moshe Idel

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300083798.003.0010

This chapter continues the discussion on Jewish exegesis, specifically on the forms of exegesis that created commentaries on the Torah while maintaining a position on the edge of Jewish culture. It introduces the concepts of radical hermeneutics, deconstructive radicalism, and semantic radicalism, as well as the gematria, a popular radical hermeneutical device within Jewish mysticism.

Keywords:   Jewish exegesis, Torah, Jewish culture, radical hermeneutics, deconstructive radicalism, semantic radicalism, gematria, Jewish mysticism

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