ISBN-10:
0664224571
ISBN-13:
9780664224578
Pub. Date:
07/01/2001
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Jewish Mysticism

Jewish Mysticism

by J. H. Laenen

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Overview

Jewish mysticism can be quite a puzzle to the uninitiated. For example, does the term "mysticism" mean the same thing here as in other contexts? Also, in what sense are the various phenomena that come under this heading really "Jewish"? In a thorough historical overview of the movements and trends in Jewish mysticism, Dutch scholar J.H. Laenen takes us step by step through the centuries of development to the present day, explaining how the various currents of tradition are related. We are introduced to Hekhaloth mysticism, classical Kabbalah, Lurianic Kabbalah, and the messianism of Shabbetai Zevi, as well as Hasidism, and we are given explanations of the Doctrine of the Sephiroth, reincarnation, language mysticism, numerology, and symbolism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664224578
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 07/01/2001
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

J. H. Laenen is a specialist in Jewish mysticism. Along with his qualifications in Semitic languages and cultures from the University of Leiden, he also has a degree in Spanish language and literature from the University of Utrecht.

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