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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

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

Moshe Idel

Yale University Press

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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