Studies in Jewish Myth and Messianism Book

Studies in Jewish Myth and Messianism


  • Author : Yehuda Liebes
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2012-02-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438410852

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Studies in Jewish Myth and Messianism Excerpt :

This book deals with the nature and development of Jewish myth from the Talmudic period through Kabbalah to Hasidism. It describes the changes in this myth in its various stages and the external influences on it. The author shows that myth is in the essence of the Jewish religion and that, rather than being created out of external influences, Kabbalah is one of its manifestions. The book also deals with the related subject of Messianism, and delves into the special spiritual personalities of some messianic figures in Jewish history to show how myth was incarnate in them.

Holiness and Transgression Book

Holiness and Transgression


  • Author : Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel
  • Publisher : Psychoanalysis and Jewish Life
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 275
  • ISBN 10 : 161811560X

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This volume deals with the female dynasty of the House of David and its influence on the Jewish Messianic Myth. It provides a missing link in the chain of research on the topic of messianism and contributes to the understanding of the connection between female transgression and redemption, from the Bible through Rabbinic literature until the Zohar. The discussion of the centrality of the mother image in Judeo-Christian culture and the parallels between the appearance of Mary in the Gospels and the Davidic Mothers in the Hebrew Bible, stresses mutual representations of "the mother of the messiah" in Christian and Jewish imaginaire. Through the prism of gender studies and by stressing questions of femininity, motherhood and sexuality, the subject appears in a new light. This research highlights the importance of intertwining Jewish literary study with comparative religion and gender theories, enabling the process of filling in the 'mythic gaps' in classical Jewish sources. The book won the Pines, Lakritz and Warburg awards.

Studies in the Zohar Book

Studies in the Zohar


  • Author : Yehuda Liebes
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2012-02-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438410845

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Studies in the Zohar Excerpt :

This book deals with the “Book of Splendor” (Sefer ha-Zohar), the greatest achievement of Kabbalah and one of the most influential sources of Western mysticism. This book offers a new interpretation of the Zohar, analyzing both its theoretical content and its historical context; it also brings the theory and the history together by indicating the personal and autobiographical elements in the Zohar’s teachings. The author delves into the issues of the messianic elements of the Zohar, the way it was written, and its relationship to Christianity, Gnosticism, and Talmudic literature.

The Feminine Messiah Book

The Feminine Messiah


  • Author : Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2021-08-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004462199

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In The Feminine Messiah, Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel explores the theosophical revolution that is reflected by the identification of the figure of King David and the image of the divine presence, the Shekhina, in medieval kabbalistic literature.

The Messianic Secret of Hasidism Book

The Messianic Secret of Hasidism


  • Author : Mor Altshuler
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2006-11-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9789047410836

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This book goes back to the early days of Hasidism and retells its beginning with an esoteric circle of messianic Kabbalists that established the first Hasidic court. Paradoxically, their failure to bring redemption enabled the growth of Hasidism from a small group of devotees to a mass movement, still influential throughout the Jewish world.

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth  Magic and Mysticism Book
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The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth Magic and Mysticism


  • Author : Geoffrey W. Dennis
  • Publisher : Llewellyn Worldwide
  • Release Date : 2016-02-08
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 504
  • ISBN 10 : 9780738748146

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The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth Magic and Mysticism Excerpt :

Jewish esotericism is the oldest and most influential continuous occult tradition in the West. Presenting lore that can spiritually enrich your life, this one-of-a-kind encyclopedia is devoted to the esoteric in Judaism—the miraculous and the mysterious. In this second edition, Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis has added over thirty new entries and significantly expanded over one hundred other entries, incorporating more knowledge and passages from primary sources. This comprehensive treasury of Jewish teachings, drawn from sources spanning Jewish scripture, the Talmud, the Midrash, the Kabbalah, and other esoteric branches of Judaism, is exhaustively researched yet easy to use. It includes over one thousand alphabetical entries, from Aaron to Zohar Chadesh, with extensive cross-references to related topics and new illustrations throughout. Drawn from the well of a great spiritual tradition, the secret wisdom within these pages will enlighten and empower you. Praise: "An erudite and lively compendium of Jewish magical beliefs, practices, texts, and individuals...This superb, comprehensive encyclopedia belongs in every serious library."—Richard M. Golden, Director of the Jewish Studies Program, University of North Texas, and editor of The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition "Rabbi Dennis has performed a tremendously important service for both the scholar and the novice in composing a work of concise information about aspects of Judaism unbeknownst to most, and intriguing to all."—Rabbi Gershon Winkler, author of Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism

Moshe Idel  Representing God Book

Moshe Idel Representing God


  • Author : Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2014-10-06
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004280786

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Moshe Idel, the Max Cooper Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Senior Researcher at the Shalom Hartman Institute, is a world-renowned scholar of the Jewish mystical tradition. His historical studies of rabbinic, philosophic, kabbalistic, and Hasidic texts have transformed modern understanding of Jewish intellectual history.

Messianic Mystics Book

Messianic Mystics


  • Author : Moshe Idel
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2000-05-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 451
  • ISBN 10 : 0300082886

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One of the worl'ds leading scholars of Jewish thought examines the long tradition of Jewish messianism and mystical experience.

Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi Book

Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi


  • Author : Ada Rapoport-Albert
  • Publisher : Liverpool University Press
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Genre: Electronic books
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781800345447

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Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi Excerpt :

A timely and fascinating study of an early modern movement that transcended traditional Jewish gender paradigms and allowed women to express their spirituality freely in the public arena.

Hasidism Incarnate Book

Hasidism Incarnate


  • Author : Shaul Magid
  • Publisher : Stanford University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-12-10
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804793469

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Hasidism Incarnate contends that much of modern Judaism in the West developed in reaction to Christianity and in defense of Judaism as a unique tradition. Ironically enough, this occurred even as modern Judaism increasingly dovetailed with Christianity with regard to its ethos, aesthetics, and attitude toward ritual and faith. Shaul Magid argues that the Hasidic movement in Eastern Europe constitutes an alternative "modernity," one that opens a new window on Jewish theological history. Unlike Judaism in German lands, Hasidism did not develop under a "Christian gaze" and had no need to be apologetic of its positions. Unburdened by an apologetic agenda (at least toward Christianity), it offered a particular reading of medieval Jewish Kabbalah filtered through a focus on the charismatic leader that resulted in a religious worldview that has much in common with Christianity. It is not that Hasidic masters knew about Christianity; rather, the basic tenets of Christianity remained present, albeit often in veiled form, in much kabbalistic teaching that Hasidism took up in its portrayal of the charismatic figure of the zaddik, whom it often described in supernatural terms.

Through a Speculum That Shines Book

Through a Speculum That Shines


  • Author : Elliot R. Wolfson
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-07-07
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691215099

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Through a Speculum That Shines Excerpt :

A comprehensive treatment of visionary experience in some of the main texts of Jewish mysticism, this book reveals the overwhelmingly visual nature of religious experience in Jewish spirituality from antiquity through the late Middle Ages. Using phenomenological and critical historical tools, Wolfson examines Jewish mystical texts from late antiquity, pre-kabbalistic sources from the tenth to the twelfth centuries, and twelfth- and thirteenth-century kabbalistic literature. His work demonstrates that the sense of sight assumes an epistemic priority in these writings, reflecting and building upon those scriptural passages that affirm the visual nature of revelatory experience. Moreover, the author reveals an androcentric eroticism in the scopic mentality of Jewish mystics, which placed the externalized and representable form, the phallus, at the center of the visual encounter. In the visionary experience, as Wolfson describes it, imagination serves a primary function, transmuting sensory data and rational concepts into symbols of those things beyond sense and reason. In this view, the experience of a vision is inseparable from the process of interpretation. Fundamentally challenging the conventional distinction between experience and exegesis, revelation and interpretation, Wolfson argues that for the mystics themselves, the study of texts occasioned a visual experience of the divine located in the imagination of the mystical interpreter. Thus he shows how Jewish mystics preserved the invisible transcendence of God without doing away with the visual dimension of belief.

Rethinking the Messianic Idea in Judaism Book

Rethinking the Messianic Idea in Judaism


  • Author : Michael L. Morgan
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-11-28
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 442
  • ISBN 10 : 9780253014771

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Over the centuries, the messianic tradition has provided the language through which modern Jewish philosophers, socialists, and Zionists envisioned a utopian future. Michael L. Morgan, Steven Weitzman, and an international group of leading scholars ask new questions and provide new ways of thinking about this enduring Jewish idea. Using the writings of Gershom Scholem, which ranged over the history of messianic belief and its conflicted role in the Jewish imagination, these essays put aside the boundaries that divide history from philosophy and religion to offer new perspectives on the role and relevance of messianism today.

Sleep  Death  and Rebirth Book

Sleep Death and Rebirth


  • Author : Zvi Ish-Shalom
  • Publisher : Academic Studies PRess
  • Release Date : 2021-08-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9781644696309

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In the sixteenth century, the famous kabbalist Isaac Luria transmitted a secret trove of highly complex mystical practices to a select groups of students. These meditations were designed to capitalize on sleep and death states in order to effectively split one’s soul into multiple parts, and which, when properly performed, permitted the adept to free oneself from the cycle of rebirth. Through an in-depth analysis of these contemplative practices within the broader context of Lurianic literature, Zvi Ish-Shalom guides us on a penetrating scholarly journey into a realm of mystical teachings and practices never before available in English, illuminating a radically monistic vision of reality at the heart of Kabbalistic metaphysics and practice.

Lubavitcher Messianism Book
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Lubavitcher Messianism


  • Author : Simon Dein
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2011-03-24
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441112231

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Ethnographic study of the Lubavitcher movement, and a socio-psychological examination of Lubavitcher messianism.

Studies in the Zohar Book
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Studies in the Zohar


  • Author : Yehuda Liebes
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 1993-01-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN 10 : 0791411893

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Studies in the Zohar Excerpt :

This book deals with the "Book of Splendor" (Sefer ha-Zohar), the greatest achievement of Kabbalah and one of the most influential sources of Western mysticism. This book offers a new interpretation of the Zohar, analyzing both its theoretical content and its historical context; it also brings the theory and the history together by indicating the personal and autobiographical elements in the Zohar's teachings. The author delves into the issues of the messianic elements of the Zohar, the way it was written, and its relationship to Christianity, Gnosticism, and Talmudic literature.