On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism

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In On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism, Gershom Scholem guides the reader through the central themes in the intricate history of the Kabbalah, clarifying the relations between mysticism and established religious authority, the mystics' interpretation of the Torah and their attempts to discover the hidden meaning underlying Scripture, the tension between the philosophical and the mystical concepts of God, and the symbolism employed in mystical religion.

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Overview

In On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism, Gershom Scholem guides the reader through the central themes in the intricate history of the Kabbalah, clarifying the relations between mysticism and established religious authority, the mystics' interpretation of the Torah and their attempts to discover the hidden meaning underlying Scripture, the tension between the philosophical and the mystical concepts of God, and the symbolism employed in mystical religion.

Guides the reader through central themes in the intricate history of the Kabbalah. Clarifies the relations between mysticism and established religious authority.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Along with Scholem's Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, this is the standard work in its field."

-- Choice

"Comprises some of Scholem's most broadly conceived intellectual efforts, dealing with such universal issues as creativity and tradition, Scripture and its interpretation, religion and myth, and the nature of religious authority."

-- Arthur Green,

Brandeis University

"Makes the intricate and fascinating world of kabbalistic symbol and myth accessible to a wider audience, rendering it in terms that are of interest to contemporary readers."

-- Elliot R. Wolfson,New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805210514
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 991,536
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Gershom Scholem was a professor of Jewish mysticism at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem until his death in 1982. Among his most important works are Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, The Messianic Idea in Judaism, and On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
1 Religious Authority and Mysticism 5
2 The Meaning of the Torah in Jewish Mysticism 32
3 Kabbalah and Myth 87
4 Tradition and New Creation in the Ritual of the Kabbalists 118
5 The Idea of the Golem 158
Index 205
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