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Moshe Idel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780300126266

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300126266.001.0001

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Ecstatic Kabbalah from the Fourteenth Through Mid-Fifteenth Centuries

Ecstatic Kabbalah from the Fourteenth Through Mid-Fifteenth Centuries

(p.139) 11 Ecstatic Kabbalah from the Fourteenth Through Mid-Fifteenth Centuries
Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510

Moshe Idel

Yale University Press

This chapter describes how the kabbalistic writings of Abraham Abulafia and Menahem Recanati did not only survive in manuscripts but excited interest in the various forms of Jewish mystical lore among later generations of Kabbalists in several centers of Jewish culture, especially in Italy and the Byzantine Empire, though almost not at all in the Iberian peninsula. Thus, although there was no pure school of either Abulafia or Recanati that continued their teachings in their pristine form, both thinkers exerted substantial and distinctive influences upon other Kabbalists. In the case of Recanati, both the numerous manuscripts of his writings surviving in Italy and his family's preservation of his oeuvre indicate his centrality in the development of Kabbalah in this Jewish center of culture.

Keywords:   kabbalistic writings, Abraham Abulafia, Menahem Recanati, Jewish mystical lore, Italy, Byzantine Empire

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