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Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510: A Survey

Moshe Idel


This sweeping survey of the history of Kabbalah in Italy charts the ways that Kabbalistic thought and literature developed in Italy and how its unique geographical situation facilitated the arrival of both Spanish and Byzantine Kabbalah. It analyzes the work of three major Kabbalists—Abraham Abulafia, Menahem Recanati, and Yohanan Alemanno—who represent diverse schools of thought: the ecstatic, the theosophical-theurgical, and the astromagical. Directing special attention to the interactions and tensions among these forms of Jewish Kabbalah and the nascent Christian Kabbalah, the book brings t ... More

Keywords: history of Kabbalah, Italy, Kabbalistic thought, Byzantine Kabbalah, major Kabbalists, Abraham Abulafia, Menahem Recanati, Yohanan Alemanno, Jewish Kabbalah, Christian Kabbalah

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780300126266
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300126266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Moshe Idel, author

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