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Sabbath in the Classical Kabbalah, The
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This book is a critical study of the mystical celebration of Sabbath in the classical period of Kabbalah, from the late twelfth to the early sixteenth centuries. The Kabbalists’ re-reading of the earlier Jewish tradition has been called a model of “mythopoeic revision,” a revision rooted in a world-view that stressed the interrelation of all worlds and levels of being. This is the first work, in any language, to systematically collect and analyze all the major innovations in praxis and theology that classical Kabbalah effected upon the development of the Rabbinic Sabbath, one of the most central areas of Jewish religious practice.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front matter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. xv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Note on Transliteration and Orthography
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Classical Kabbalah, Its History and Symbolic Universe
  2. pp. 1-58
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  1. CHAPTER ONE. The Symbolism of the Kabbalistic Sabbath: Motif Studies
  2. pp. 59-185
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  1. CHAPTER TWO. Aspects of Meaning in Kabbalistic Ritual: With Special Reference to the Case of Shabbat
  2. pp. 186-216
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  1. CHAPTER THREE. Rituals of Preparation
  2. pp. 217-255
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR. Rituals of Separation: The Drama of Sabbath's Departure in Zoharic Kabbalah
  2. pp. 256-284
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  1. Appendix I
  2. pp. 285-288
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  1. Appendix II
  2. pp. 289-296
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 297-318
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 319-341
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