As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

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Stanford University Press, Jun 29, 2009 - Religion - 336 pages
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As Light Before Dawn explores the mystical thought of Isaac ben Samuel of Akko, a major medieval kabbalist whose work has until now received relatively little attention. Through consideration of an extensive literary corpus, including much that still remains in manuscript, this study examines an array of themes and questions that have great applicability to the comparative study of mysticism and the broader study of religion. These include prayer and the nature of mystical experience; meditative concentration directed to God; and the power of mental intention, authority, creativity, and the transmission of wisdom.
 

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Contents

Part III Reception and Transmission
47
Part III Contemplative Practice Mystical Experience
123
Conclusion
283
Bibliography
285
Index of Names and Book Titles
303
Index of Subjects and Terms
307
Index of Works Quoted
319
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Eitan P. Fishbane is Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.

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