Abraham Cohen de Herrera: Gate of Heaven: Translated from the Spanish with Introduction and Notes

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With the publication of Abraham Cohen de Herrera's Gate of Heaven, a widely influential work of Jewish mysticism is available for the first time in an unabridged, annotated English edition.
In this work, originally written in Spanish for the marrano community of Amsterdam, Herrera (d. 1635) follows the syncretic model of Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola in reconciling the teachings of the Sefer Yezirah, the Zohar, Moses Cordovero, Isaac Lurian and the Lurianic school (in particular Israel Sarug), with Aristotelian, Platonic, and Neoplatonic metaphysics, medieval Islamic and Jewish theology, and Scholasticism. This thorough synthesis explains the work's appeal to philosophers like Spinoza, Leibniz, Henry More, Hegel, and Jacob Bruckner.

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Kenneth Krabbenhoft, Ph.D. (1982), New York University, is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the New York University. His most recent publications are Neoestoicismo y género popular (University of Salamanca, 2000) and El precio de la cortesía (University of Salamanca, 1995).
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Table of Contents

Gate of Heaven
Book 1 1
Book 2 63
Book 3 82
Book 4 106
Book 5 140
Book 6 192
Book 7 263
Book 8 312
Book 9 392
Book 10 440
Arguments for why there is a First Cause 497
Arguments that prove that 'Ein-Sof the first Cause is not any one of the sefirot or all of them together 504
Index of what is contained in each chapter and book of this divine work of the Gate of Heaven by Abraham Cohen de Herrera 505
Glossary of Kabbalistic and Philosophical Terms 525
Bibliography of Works Cited 535
Hebrew Bible 541
Name Index 543
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