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The scandal of Kabbalah : Leon Modena, Jewish mysticism, early modern Venice

Author: Yaacob Dweck
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
Series: Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the ancient to the modern world.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Scandal of Kabbalah is the first book about the origins of a culture war that began in early modern Europe and continues to this day: the debate between kabbalists and their critics on the nature of Judaism and the meaning of religious tradition. From its medieval beginnings as an esoteric form of Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah spread throughout the early modern world and became a central feature of Jewish life.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Controversial literature
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Dweck, Yaacob.
Scandal of Kabbalah.
Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2010049226
(OCoLC)689003613
Named Person: Leone Modena
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Yaacob Dweck
ISBN: 9781400840007 1400840007 9781283114998 1283114992
OCLC Number: 732320701
Awards: Runner-up for American Academy of Religion: Best First Book in the History of Religions 2012
Commended for AJS Jordan Schnitzer Book Award for Biblical Studies, Rabbinics, and Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity 2014
Commended for American Academy of Religion: Best First Book in the History of Religions 2012
Description: 1 online resource (280 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction --
1. Hebrew manuscripts in an age of print --
2. Early modern criticism of the Zohar --
3. Guiding the perplexed --
4. Safed in Venice --
5. A Jewish response to Christian Kabbalah --
6. The afterlife of Ari Nohem --
7. Kabbalah and scholarship in the nineteenth century --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the ancient to the modern world.
Responsibility: Yaacob Dweck.

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