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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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Text and Interpretation Infinities in Kabbalah

Text and Interpretation Infinities in Kabbalah

(p.80) 3 Text and Interpretation Infinities in Kabbalah
Absorbing Perfections

Moshe Idel

Yale University Press

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of scroll fascination, which started in the late thirteenth century. This is noted to be the same time as the free symbolic interpretations of the Kabbalists reached its peak. It then looks at the homogenous type of rabbinic discourse and divergences of opinion, before describing the events of explicit awareness of the probable existence of infinite interpretations found within the Bible and other texts. Part of the chapter looks at the linguistic infinities of Biblical text during the early Kabbalah, covering the concept of the Infinite, the possibility of infinite interpretations connected to factors independent of the text, and the identity of the interpreter and its emphasis in modern trends in critical theory.

Keywords:   scroll fascination, symbolic interpretations, rabbinic discourse, Bible, Infinite, Kabbalah, interpreter, critical theory, Kabbalists

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