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The Sabbath in the classical Kabbalah

Author: Elliot K Ginsburg
Publisher: Oxford : Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Combining traditional textual analysis with more innovative anthropological approaches, Ginsburg makes an important contribution to the understanding of Jewish spirituality, myth, and ritual.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elliot K Ginsburg
ISBN: 9781904113430 1904113435
OCLC Number: 934247553
Description: XX, 341 p. ; 23 cm
Contents: PrefaceAcknowledgementsAbbreviationsNote on Transliteration and OrthographyIntroduction: Classical Kabbalah, its History, and Symbolic UniverseSection One: An Historical Outline of Classical KabbalahOrigins - Gerona Kabbalah - Other Trends in Thirteenth-Century Kabbalah - The Zohar - Kabbalah from the Fourteenth Century until the Safed RenaissanceSection Two: The Sefirot and their Symbolism Structural Overview - The Dynamics of Sefirotic Unfolding: the Sefirot as Stages of Emanation - The Sefirot as Stages of a Mystical Ascent - Further Thoughts on Sefirotic SymbolismSection Three: Reading a Zoharic TextNotes to the Introduction1 The Symbolism of the Kabbalistic Sabbath: Motif StudiesSection One: An Historical OverviewThe Sabbath in Antiquity - The Rabbinic Sabbath - The Sabbath of the Medieval Philosophers - The Distinctive Features of the Kabbalistic Sabbath - The Sefirotic SabbathSection Two: Motif Studies Shabbat as the Source of Cosmic Blessing: Thematic Overview; The Sabbath as Sacred Centre - Sabbath Transformations - Sabbath as Perfected TimeDivine Transformations: Sabbath as Hieros GamosRabbinic Precursors - Heikhalot Mysticism: The Evidence of Seder Rabba' di- Vre'shit - Medieval Understandings of the Marital Imagery Prior to the Kabbalah - The Impact of Sefer ha-Bahir - Marital Imagery in the Nahmanidean Tradition - Hieros Gamos in the Zohar - The Marital Motif after the Zohar Transformation of the Person: The Sabbath-SoulPre-Zoharic Developments - The Sabbath-Soul in the Writings of Moshe de Leon and in the Tiqqunei ha-Zohar / Raaya' Meheimna' - Imagery Used - Reception of Neshamah Yeterah as the Existential Beginning of Shabbat - The Impact of the Sabbath-Soul During ShabbatA Cosmos That is Entirely Shabbat: Some Concluding ThoughtsNotes to Chapter 12 Aspects of Meaning in Kabbalistic Ritual: With Special Reference to the Case of ShabbatA Programmatic Introduction to Chapters 2-4A Typology of Kabbalistic RitualRabbinic and Kabbalistic Ritual: Some Contrasts - Symbolism and Magic: The Ontological Structure of Kabbalistic Ritual - The Multiple Consequences of Kabbalistic Ritual: Ritual as Sacred Drama - Ritual as Agent of Human Transformation - Ritual as Theurgic Act - A Concluding ExampleNotes to Chapter 23 Rituals of PreparationProjecting the Sabbath into the Spatial Realm: The Case of One's Home and CourtyardThe Significance of Transforming One's Abode - The establishment of Courtyard- Fusions: 'Eruvei hazerotInternalizing Shabbat: The Body as MicrocosmNail-Paring - Bathing and Ablution - The Rite of Dressing: The Tola'at Ya'aqov's Account - The Significance of 'Dress' in the Zohar and Tiqqunei ha-Zohar / Raaya Meheimna' - ConclusionNotes to Chapter 34 Rituals of Separation: The Drama of Sabbath's Departure in Zoharic KabbalahThe Concluding Prayers: The Need for ApotropaicsThe 'Havdalah Over Wine'The Havdalah Blessings as Rites of Healing - The Symbolism of Myrtle - The Blessing over the Fire: The Re-emergence of Sitra' 'Ahra' - The Changing of the Cosmic Guards: The Empowerment of the Angelic Realm - Concluding Blessing, Concluding ThoughtsAn Epilogue (from the Zohar)Notes to Chapter 4 and EpilogueAppendix 1Some Further Thoughts on the Transformation of the Person during Shabbat Appendix 2Sabbath-Ritual as a Means of Furthering the Divine-Human Nexus: Two Examples from Zoharic KabbalahNotes on Appendix 2 BibliographyIndex
Responsibility: Elliot K. Ginsburg.

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