On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism

On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism

Gershom Scholem

"Along with Scholem's significant tendencies in Jewish Mysticism, this is often the normal paintings in its field." -- Choice

"Comprises a few of Scholem's such a lot generally conceived highbrow efforts, facing such common concerns as creativity and culture, Scripture and its interpretation, faith and delusion, and the character of spiritual authority." -- Arthur eco-friendly, Brandeis University

"Makes the elaborate and engaging global of kabbalistic image and fable obtainable to a much wider viewers, rendering it in phrases which are of curiosity to modern readers." -- Elliot R. Wolfson, ny University

In "On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism", Gershom Scholem publications the reader during the significant subject matters within the tricky heritage of the Kabbalah; clarifying the family among mysticism and tested non secular authority, the mystics' interpretation of the Torah and their makes an attempt to find the hidden which means underlying Scripture, the strain among the philosophical and the paranormal techniques of God, and the symbolism hired in mystical religion.

About the author
Gershom Scholem, who died in 1982, continues to be the largest gun in kabbalah scholarship, and "On the Kabbalah and its Symbolism" could be his such a lot available booklet at the topic. It includes definitive essays at the relation of the Torah to Jewish mysticism, the mythology of the kabbalah, and where of Jewish mystics within the Jewish neighborhood. This ebook helped reinvigorate 20th-century Jewish reports with an understanding of the dwelling truth of God, after the nineteenth century's extra astringent scholarly emphasis on legislation and philosophy. It exhibits how Jewish mystics were much less occupied with adherence to orthodoxy than their Christian opposite numbers, and freer of their expression of the divine elements of eroticism. additionally, Scholem bargains nice perception in regards to the ways in which kabbalah has not just threatened the authority of institutional faith, but in addition served as a resource of its power.

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