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Enlightened Will Shine, The

Symbolization and Theurgy in the Later Strata of the Zohar

Pinchas Giller

Publication Year: 1993

This book analyzes the use of symbolism and theurgy in two sections of the Zohar, the central text of the kabbalah. These compositions, Tiqqunei ha-Zohar and Ra’aya Meheimna have been particularly loved by kabbalists. Giller demonstrates the significance of their contributions to theosophical kabbalah.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-

This work was originally presented as a doctoral thesis for the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Many thanks to Daniel C. Matt, my advisor, for his patience and wisdom in the face of many frenzied telephone calls. Thanks, as well, to my thesis committee: Robert Alter, David Biale, and ...

Transliterations

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pp. xi-

Abbreviations

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Preface

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pp. xv-xvii

This study-of a pair of voluminous works of medieval Jewish mysticism-consists of an analysis of the use of symbolism and theurgy in the texts Tiqqunei ha-Zohar (or the Tiqqunim) and Ra'aya Meheimna. Although these texts have been viewed by scholars as secondary to the rest of the lohar, they have ...

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1. Tiqqunei ha-Zohar and Ra'aya Meheimna in Context

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pp. 1-6

The purpose of this study is to examine two works of an anonymous medieval Jewish mystic: Tiqqunei ha-Zohar (also called the Tiqqunim) and Ra'aya Meheimna. Both works are included in the Zohar, the classical work of Jewish mysticism. The author of the Tiqqunim was one of the last of the circle of ...

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2. The Hermeneutics of Theosophical Kabbalah: The Symbolization of Sacred Text

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pp. 7-21

Tiqqunei ha-Zohar is one of the last great works of theosophical Kabbalah.1 Although there are claims for Tannaitic, Manichean, or Neoplatonic origins for many of the ideas of theosophical Kabbalah, its main locus seems to have been thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Christian Spain. The first ...

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3. The Maskilim: Mystical Vocation in the Tiqqunim

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pp. 21-32

Mystics have their experiences in isolation, if only the isolation of their own minds. The inwardness of the mystical experience often removes the mystic from the social structure. If mystics identify with religious structures prior to their experiences, then they can reintegrate into their society, by ...

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4. The Myth of Chaos

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pp. 33-58

To identify for a given writer the state from which Adam fell is to reconstruct the writer's concept of the ideal human being and the ideal human condition. This ideal will be found to be all pervasive in that writer's thought system. Thus, the messianic period will be viewed as a restoration of Adam's condition ...

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5. Halakhah and Kabbalah

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pp. 59-80

Tiqqunei ha-Zohar and Ra'aya Meheimna portray the maskil's relationship with agents of the exoteric Torah, the rabbis who apply legal authority, in complex and ambivalent terms. This relationship is generally interpreted as comprising a critique of halakhah, the legal dimension of rabbinical Judaism. ...

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6. The Theurgic Dimension of the Commandments

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pp. 81-106

As indicated earlier, the relationship between the maskil and the law is ambivalent, to the extent of being perceived as antinomian by mystics and critical scholars alike. In fact, the role of halakhah in Tiqqunei ha-Zohar and Ra'aya Meheimna can be determined through examining the dominant ...

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7. Agencies of Unification: The Sabbath and Prayer

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pp. 107-122

Theosophical Kabbalah understood certain miẓot as particularly concentrating and centering the effluence of Divine energies. Other miẓot protect the individual from malevolent or demonic forces. Relgious practice consists of balancing these two kinds of miẓot to counter and take advantage of ...

Conclusions

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pp. 123-128

Notes

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pp. 129-164

Bibliography

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pp. 165-174

Index

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pp. 175-180


E-ISBN-13: 9781438404097
E-ISBN-10: 1438404093
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791417119
Print-ISBN-10: 0791417115

Page Count: 180
Publication Year: 1993

Series Title: SUNY series in Judaica: Hermeneutics, Mysticism, and Religion
Series Editor Byline: Michael Fishbane