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Giordano Bruno and the Kabbalah : prophets, magicians, and rabbis

Author: Karen Silvia DeLeón-Jones
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1997.
Series: Yale studies in hermeneutics.
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In this major new interpretation of the thought of the heretical philosopher Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), Karen de Leon-Jones depicts the influential thinker as mystic and Kabbalistic. She rejects the popular view of Bruno as Hermetic magus - a position initiated by Frances Yates and widely accepted by succeeding scholars. Bruno's interest in mysticism and the Kabbalah was not merely intellectual or satiric, de  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Giordano Bruno; Giordano Bruno; Giordano Bruno; Giordano Bruno
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Silvia DeLeón-Jones
ISBN: 0300068077 9780300068078
OCLC Number: 36051296
Description: ix, 273 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Nola, the Nolan, and the "Nolana Filosofia" --
2. Bruno's Kabbalistic System --
3. The Sefirot --
4. Hokhmah, Minerva, and Sofia-Sapienza --
5. Ignoranza, Sofia, and Verita --
6. Metempsychosis --
7. The Ass, the Asino Cillenico, and the Cavallo Pegaseo --
8. Rabbis, Hebrew Doctors, and the Symbol of the Ass --
9. The Prophet Balaam and the Prophetic Ass --
10. The Prophet Moses --
11. The Prophet Solomon --
12. The Prophetic Allegory --
13. Prophets, Magicians, and Rabbis --
Appendix 1. The Actaeion Emblems from Eroici Furori --
Appendix 2. The Sun Emblems from Eroici Furori --
Appendix 3. The Emblems of the Nine Lovers from Eroici Furori --
Appendix 4. The Nine Orders of Blindness from Eroici Furori.
Series Title: Yale studies in hermeneutics.
Responsibility: Karen Silvia De León-Jones.

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In this major new interpretation of the thought of the heretical philosopher Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), Karen de Leon-Jones depicts the influential thinker as mystic and Kabbalistic. She rejects the popular view of Bruno as Hermetic magus - a position initiated by Frances Yates and widely accepted by succeeding scholars. Bruno's interest in mysticism and the Kabbalah was not merely intellectual or satiric, de Leon-Jones contends: a close look at his study of the Kabbalah reveals him as a practicing believer. This book sets Bruno's thought in the context of the widespread interest in non-Christian religions in fifteenth- and sixteenth century Italy. His quest for an alternative model to the strict spirituality of post-Reformation churches, for a way to encompass both scientific and mystical views of the universe, led Bruno to the Kabbalah. De Leon-Jones argues that Bruno's dialogue Cabala del cavallo (Kabbalah of the pegasean horse) expressed his mystical, kabbalistic doctrine. For Bruno, the Kabbalah reconciled science with theology and provided a biblical support for theories such as metempsychosis that he wished to prove scientifically through atomic theory and physiognomy. Balancing his mystical Cabala dialogue with the Hermetic vein of his dialogue Spaccio della bestia trionfante and the Napoleonic emblems of De'li eroici furori, Bruno creates a solid syncretic trilogy, as well as a strikingly modern apology for scientific and philosophical debates still of interest today.

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