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Along the Path

Studies in Kabbalistic Myth, Symbolism, and Hermeneutics

Elliot R. Wolfson

Publication Year: 1995

This book explores the fundamental issues in Jewish mysticism and provides a taxonomy of the deep structures of thought that emerge from the texts. This book demonstrates the complexity of Jewish mysticism in the history of religions. The author provides a morphology of the deep structures of thought that emerge from the basic texts of Jewish mysticism. Combining the most sophisticated philological and phenomenological methods, he explores fundamental issues.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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CONTENTS

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pp. ix-

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PREFACE

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pp. xi-xiii

The first chapter included in this work, "The Image of Jacob Engraved upon the Throne: Further Reflection on the Esoteric Doctrine of the German Pietists," is a revised and much expanded English version of a study written in Hebrew in 1989 but just recently published in 1994. In addition to the path that it opens up with respect to the esoteric doctrines ...

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1. The Image of Jacob Engraved upon the Throne: Further Reflection on the Esoteric Doctrine of the German Pietists

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pp. 1-62

One of the most interesting motifs in the world of classical rabbinic aggadah is that of the image of Jacob engraved on the throne of glory. My intention in this chapter is to examine in detail the utilization of this motif in the rich and varied literature of Eleazar ben Judah of Worms, the leading literary exponent of the esoteric and mystical ...

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2. The Tree That Is All: Jewish-Christian Roots of a Kabbalistic Symbol in Sefer ha-Bahir

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pp. 63-88

Despite the generally accepted claim that Sefer ha-Bahir is the "first" theosophic kabbalistic work to appear in medieval Europe, the precise vorgeschichte of this text-in a literary and historical sense-is still unclear. Previous scholarship has attempted to illuminate the generally Gnostic or mythic orientation of different textual units and ...

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3. Walking as a Sacred Duty: Theological Transformation of Social Reality in Early Hasidism

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pp. 89-110

One of the central images in both the homiletical and the folkloristic traditions in Hasidic literature is that of the itinerant. The importance of this image for the social history of early Hasidism has been well documented in several major studies with special reference to the role played by wandering preachers (mokhihim and maggidim) and exorcists ...

Notes

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pp. 111-246

Bibliography of Secondary Sources

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pp. 247-270

INDEX

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pp. 271-283


E-ISBN-13: 9781438424361
E-ISBN-10: 1438424361
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791424070
Print-ISBN-10: 0791424073

Page Count: 283
Publication Year: 1995