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Old worlds, new mirrors : on Jewish mysticism and twentieth-century thought

Author: Moshe Idel
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2010.
Series: Jewish culture and contexts.
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There emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries a new Jewish elite, notes Moshe Idel, no longer made up of prophets, priests, kings, or rabbis but of intellectuals and academicians working in secular universities or writing for an audience not defined by any one set of religious beliefs. In Old Worlds, New Mirrors Idel turns his gaze on figures as diverse as Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida, Franz Kafka  Read more...
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Named Person: Gershom Scholem; Gershom Scholem; Gershom Scholem
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Moshe Idel
ISBN: 9780812241303 0812241304 9780812222104 0812222105
OCLC Number: 229036226
Description: vi, 323 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Intellectual conceptualizations of Judaism. Arnaldo Momigliano and Gershom Scholem on Jewish history and tradition --
Eric Voegelin's Israel and revelation --
George Steiner: a prophet of abstraction --
Scholem's conceptualizations of Kabbalah. The function of symbols in Gershom Scholem --
Hieroglyphs, mysteries, keys: Scholem between Molitor and Kafka --
Subversive catalysts: Gnosticism and Messianism in Scholem's view of Jewish mysticism --
Kabbalah in some twentieth-century thinkers. Franz Rosenzweig and Kabbalah --
Abraham Abulafia, Gershom Scholem, and Walter Benjamin on language --
Jacques Derrida and kabbalistic sources --
Paul Celan's "psalm": a revelation toward naught --
Understanding Hasidism. Martin Buber and Gershom Scholem on Hasidism --
Abraham Heschel on mysticism and Hasidism --
White Letters: from R. Levi Isaac of Berdichev to postmodern hermeneutics.
Series Title: Jewish culture and contexts.
Responsibility: Moshe Idel.
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