Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos: Isaac Luria and his Kabbalistic Fellowship / Edition 1

Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos: Isaac Luria and his Kabbalistic Fellowship / Edition 1

by Lawrence Fine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804748268

ISBN-13: 9780804748261

Pub. Date: 04/02/2003

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Isaac Luria (1534-1572) is one of the most extraordinary and influential mystical figures in the history of Judaism, a visionary teacher who helped shape the course of nearly all subsequent Jewish mysticism. Given his importance, it is remarkable that this is the first scholarly work on him in English.

Most studies of Lurianic Kabbalah focus on Luria’s

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Overview

Isaac Luria (1534-1572) is one of the most extraordinary and influential mystical figures in the history of Judaism, a visionary teacher who helped shape the course of nearly all subsequent Jewish mysticism. Given his importance, it is remarkable that this is the first scholarly work on him in English.

Most studies of Lurianic Kabbalah focus on Luria’s mythic and speculative ideas or on the ritual and contemplative practices he taught. The central premise of this book is that Lurianic Kabbalah was first and foremost a lived and living phenomenon in an actual social world. Thus the book focuses on Luria the person and on his relationship to his disciples. What attracted Luria’s students to him? How did they react to his inspired and charismatic behavior? And what roles did Luria and his students see themselves playing in their collective quest for repair of the cosmos and messianic redemption?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804748261
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
04/02/2003
Series:
Stanford Studies in Jewish History and C Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note to Readers
Abbreviations
Introduction: Embodying the Study of Lurianic Kabbalah1
1Rabbinical Scholar, Spice Dealer, Contemplative Ascetic: Luria's Life in Egypt19
2Lamenting Exile, Striving for Redemption: Pre-Lurianic Safed41
3Saintliness, Heavenly Communication, and the Divinatory Arts: Luria's Charismatic Religious Authority78
4Lurianic Myth124
5Physician of the Soul150
6Tiqqun: Healing the Cosmos Through the Performance of Mitsvot187
7Tiqqun: Healing the Cosmos Through Devotional Prayer220
8Communing with the "Very Special Dead": The Practice of Yihudim259
9Metempsychosis, Mystical Fellowship, and Messianic Redemption300
Notes361
Select Bibliography445
Index469

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