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In From Metaphysics to Midrash, Shaul Magid explores the exegetical tradition of Isaac Luria and his followers within the historical context in 16th-century Safed, a unique community that brought practitioners of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam into close contact with one another. Luria's scripture became a theater in which kabbalists redrew boundaries of difference in areas of ethnicity, gender, and the human relation to the divine. Magid investigates how cultural influences altered scriptural exegesis of Lurianic Kabbala in its philosophical, hermeneutical, and historical perspectives. He suggests that Luria and his followers were far from cloistered. They used their considerable skills to weigh in on important matters of the day, offering, at times, some surprising solutions to perennial theological problems.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction Kabbala, New Historicism, and the Question of Boundaries
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. The Lurianic Myth A Playbill
  2. pp. 16-33
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  1. 1. Genesis “And Adam’s Sin Was (Very) Great”: Original Sin in Lurianic Exegesis
  2. pp. 34-74
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  1. 2. Exodus The “Other” Israel: The 'Erev Rav (Mixed Multitude) as Conversos
  2. pp. 75-110
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  1. 3. Leviticus The Sin of Becoming a Woman: Male Homosexuality and the Castration Complex
  2. pp. 111-142
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  1. 4. Numbers Balaam, Moses, and the Prophecy of the “Other”: A Lurianic Vision for the Erasure of Difference
  2. pp. 143-195
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  1. 5. Deuteronomy The Human and/as God: Divine Incarnation and the “Image of God”
  2. pp. 196-221
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 222-228
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 229-320
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 321-346
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 347-349
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