As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist
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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Abraham Abulafia Adret Akko’s Ashkenaz assertion Atarah benediction Binah blessed memory conception consciousness contemplative correlation cosmic devequt devotional dimensions divine name du-parz.ufin Ein-Sof esoteric esotericism exegetical flow Goldreich H.okhmah Hebrew hermeneutical human Ibid Idel Intellect intention interpretive Isaac of Akko Isaac the Blind Israel Jewish Mysticism Joseph Gikatilla Kabbalah kabbalistic kavvanah Keter Maimonides matter Me’irat Einayim meaning medieval kabbalists meditative mental Met.at.ron metaphysical mind mode Moses Nah.manidean Nah.manides oral Oz.ar H.ayyim passage Perush phrase physical Pietists practice prayer Rabbi reception reflects religious rhetoric ritual sacred Sages Scholem secret Sefer sefirah sefirot Shekhinah Shem T.ov soul Speculum That Shines spiritual supernal symbolic talmudic textual theurgical thought Tif’eret tion Torah tosafist tradition transmission ultimate unification visualization vowel notation wisdom Wolfson word writings Yez.irah YHVH Zohar אוה אוהש איה אלו אלש דוס דע הז הלעמל ול יכ יתיאר ךרד לארשי לכ לע לש םינ ןכ ףוס רשא