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Messianic Mystics
     

Messianic Mystics

by Moshe Idel
 

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Exploring the interplay of Jewish messianism and mysticism from the twelfth through the eighteenth centuries, a leading scholar of Jewish thought provides new perspectives in this controversial book. Moshe Idel counters common views, showing the close relation of messianism and mysticism, the early messianic orientation of Kabbalah, and the resemblance of Jewish

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Exploring the interplay of Jewish messianism and mysticism from the twelfth through the eighteenth centuries, a leading scholar of Jewish thought provides new perspectives in this controversial book. Moshe Idel counters common views, showing the close relation of messianism and mysticism, the early messianic orientation of Kabbalah, and the resemblance of Jewish messianic and mystical experience to Christian messianism.

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John Dorfman
[An] arresting new study, Moshe Idel argues that messianism deserves a central place in Jewish intellectual history. More than that, he insists that there are close ties between messianism and the Kabbalah. -- Lingua Franca Book Review
Library Journal
This relatively compact book covers the spectrum of Jewish mystic tradition, from pre-Kabbalistic messianism to some of its modern reverberations. After Gershom Scholem's Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism (Schocken, 1995. reprint), this is the next all-embracing critical compendium. The author does not repeat Scholem's work but rather gives his own approach to every period and teaching. The book is highly innovative, reworking the structure of Jewish mysticism in its relations to history and philosophy. Idel (Jewish thought, Hebrew Univ.; Kabbalah: New Perspectives, LJ 3/1/88) shows the steps in the development of mystic traditions, sometimes completely overturning Scholem's ideas. Though writing at a high academic level, Idel uses clear and popular language; he doesn't overload the book with technicalities in describing the essence and meaning of the teachings. Highly recommended for both general and specialized collections; suitable for beginners in Jewish studies as well as readers already familiar with Jewish mysticism.--Hayim Y. Sheynin, Gratz Coll. Lib., Melrose Park, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300068405
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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David Ruderman
Messianic Mystics offers a refreshingly novel perspective on a fundamental theme of Jewish thought and historical experience.

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