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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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Two Diverging Types of Kabbalah in Late-Fifteenth-Century Italy

Two Diverging Types of Kabbalah in Late-Fifteenth-Century Italy

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Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510

Moshe Idel

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the two divergent forms of Kabbalah; ecstatic Kabbalah as formulated by Abulafia and the predominantly theosophical-theurgical Spanish Kabbalah. These were dramatically diverging trends that came to be regarded as rivals. In fact Abulafia's ecstatic Kabbalah was banned from Spanish soil by R. Shlomo ibn Adret, a highly regarded Kabbalist there. Perhaps the most important document exemplifying the rupture between the two types of Kabbalah, which contended in Italy in the generation of the expulsion from the Iberian peninsula, is the index of books compiled by R. Yehudah Hayyat in the introduction to his Minhat Yehudah. The index consists of two lists of kabbalistic books, “good” and “bad” ones, namely recommended books and books he sharply criticizes.

Keywords:   divergent forms, ecstatic Kabbalah, Spanish Kabbalah, rivals, R. Shlomo ibn Adret, R. Yehudah Hayyat

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