- Title Pages
- 1 The World-Absorbing Text
- 2 The God-Absorbing Text
- 3 Text and Interpretation Infinities in Kabbalah
- 4 The Book that Contains and Maintains All
- 5 Magical and Magical-Mystical Arcanizations of Canonical Books
- 6 Torah Study and Mystical Experiences in Jewish Mysticism
- 7 Secrecy, Binah, and Derishah
- 8 Semantics, Constellation, and Interpretation
- 9 Radical Forms of Jewish Hermeneutics
- 10 The Symbolic Mode in Theosophical-Theurgical Kabbalah
- 11 Allegories, Divine Names, and Experiences in Ecstatic Kabbalah
- 12 Tzerufei 'Otiyyot
- 13 Tradition, Transmission, and Techniques
- 14 Concluding Remarks
- Appendix 1 Pardes: The Fourfold Method of Interpretation
- Appendix 2 Abraham Abulafia's Torah of Blood and Ink
- Appendix 3 R. Isaac of Acre's Exegetical Quandary
- Appendix 4 The Exile of the Torah and the Imprisonment of Secrets
- Appendix 5 On Oral Torah and Multiple Interpretations in Hasidism
- Appendix 6 “Book of God”/“Book of Law” in Late-Fifteenth-Century Florence
- (p.410) 14 Concluding Remarks
- Absorbing Perfections
- Yale University Press
This concluding chapter provides an overview of the entire book, starting with Hasidism and the different forms of Kabbalah. It then combines the topics on Greek and Jewish attitudes, before examining the modern implications of the hermeneutical concepts that are found in Kabbalah. Finally, the chapter ends with a look at the bibliocentric nature of both medieval and Jewish mysticism, using the elites' vision of religion as helpful to experiences of plenitude.
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