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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 Book that Contains and Maintains All

The Book that Contains and Maintains All

(p.111) 4 The Book that Contains and Maintains All
Absorbing Perfections

Moshe Idel

Yale University Press

The book is the focus of this chapter, starting with its two main forms (historical and ontological) and its role as an inner divine attribute during early Kabbalah. It looks at the Sefer ha-Bahir, which is one of the earliest Kabbalistic documents, the two different views of the Torah in terms of its involvement in the creation and maintaining of the world, and a comparison of Recanati and Derrida's views on the book. Finally, it turns to a discussion on the differences between the Kabbalists' concept and the postmodern view of the text.

Keywords:   Kabbalah, Sefer ha-Bahir, Torah, Recanati, Derrida, Kabbalists

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