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Moshe Halbertal

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300140910

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300140910.001.0001

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Revelation and Prophecy

Revelation and Prophecy

(p.171) Chapter 5 Revelation and Prophecy

Moshe Halbertal

Yale University Press

This chapter clarifies Nahmanides's theories of revelation and prophecy, his concept of history, and his reasons for the commandments. It discusses the religious drama of Nahmanides's esoteric commentary on the Torah that revolves around the variable and dynamic relationship between Tif 'eret and Shekhinah. It also describes the other components of the sefirotic structure: Keter, Hokhmah, and Binah, which have brief mentions in the very first lines of Nahmanides's Torah commentary on Genesis and in his fragmentary commentary on Sefer Yetzirah. The chapter talks about the sefirah of Binah and its connection to the doctrine of cosmic cycles. It describes the postlapsarian world where Shekhinah assumes its position at the lowest level of the Godhead.

Keywords:   Nahmanides, religious drama, Torah, Tif 'eret, Shekhinah, Keter, Hokhmah, Binah, Sefer Yetzirah

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