On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism

On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism

Paperback Mysticism & Kabbalah

By (author) Gershom Gerhard Scholem

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 18mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 30 April 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0805210512
  • ISBN 13: 9780805210514
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 125,106

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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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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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"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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Gershom Scholem guides the reader though 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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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.