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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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The World-Absorbing Text

The World-Absorbing Text

(p.26) 1 The World-Absorbing Text
Absorbing Perfections

Moshe Idel

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the development of the status of biblical text within ancient Jewish sources, as well as the major impact that occurred later on. It begins with a discussion of the text and the interpreter as ways to determine the nature of midrashic exegesis, along with an overview of the four main characteristics of a postbiblical rabbinic conceptualization of the Torah. From here the chapter moves to discuss the presence of the hidden layer of the Torah, which can be found in writings that exist before the masters of Hasidei Ashkenaz and Kabbalistic literature. It then looks at different views of God in Talmudic-midrashic literature and rabbinic literature. The chapter also touches on the Book of Creation or the Sefer Yetzirah.

Keywords:   biblical text, midrashic exegesis, Torah, Kabbalistic literature, Talmudic-midrashic literature, rabbinic literature, Book of Creation, Sefer Yetzirah, Hasidei Ashkenaz

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