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Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510A Survey$
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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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Anthropoids from the Middle Ages to Renaissance Italy

Anthropoids from the Middle Ages to Renaissance Italy

(p.236) 20 Anthropoids from the Middle Ages to Renaissance Italy
Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510

Moshe Idel

Yale University Press

This chapter deals with two different forms of the artificial anthropoids discussed in medieval and Renaissance literature. This topic is crucial for an understanding of Jewish esotericism in general, as well as its metamorphoses in Jewish folklore and literature both inside and outside Judaism. As Yehuda Liebes put it, this topic is the acme of kabbalistic literature. Its presence in Italian Jewish and Christian authors and its transformations in the different models of Kabbalah illustrate the vitality of the topic of artificial anthropoids in Italy and the methodological importance of the three models. The discussions that arrived in the Italian peninsula from Germany and Spain were interpreted, transmitted, and translated into Latin there.

Keywords:   artificial anthropoids, Renaissance literature, Jewish esotericism, Jewish folklore, Yehuda Liebes

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