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Kabbalistic revolution : reimagining Judaism in medieval Spain

Author: Hartley Lachter
Publisher: New Brunwick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2014]
Series: Jewish cultures of the world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Medieval Kabbalah was successful because it advanced a powerful way of imagining the meaning and relevance of Judaism in light of the declining political status of Jews in Western Europe and the proliferation of Christian anti-Jewish thought. The kabbalists claimed to reveal a secret doctrine, hidden among the sages of Israel, in which Jews are placed at the center of the cosmic-divine drama, maintaining the harmony  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hartley Lachter
ISBN: 9780813568751 0813568757 9780813568768 0813568765
OCLC Number: 870530851
Description: x, 244 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Masters of Secrets: Claiming Power with Concealed Knowledge --
2. Secrets of the Cosmos: Creating a Kabbalistic Universe --
3. Secrets of the Self: Kabbalistic Anthropology and Divine Mystery --
4. Jewish Bodies and Divine Power: Theurgy and Jewish Law --
5. Prayer Above and Below: Kabbalistic Constructions of the Power of Jewish Worship.
Series Title: Jewish cultures of the world.
Responsibility: Hartley Lachter.
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The set of Jewish mystical teachings known as Kabbalah are often imagined as timeless texts, teachings that have been passed down through the millennia. Yet, as this groundbreaking new study shows,  Read more...

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