Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah and Counter-history

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Harvard University Press, 1982 - History - 205 pages
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Through a lifetime of passionate scholarship, Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) uncovered the "domains of tradition hidden under the debris of centuries" and made the history of Jewish mysticism and messianism comprehensible and relevant to current Jewish thought.

In this paperback edition of his definitive book on Scholem's work, David Biale has shortened and rearranged his study for the benefit of the general reader and the student. A new introduction and new passages in the main text highlight the pluralistic character of Jewish theology as seen by Scholem, the place of the Kabbalah in debates over Zionism versus assimilation, and the interpretation of Kafka as a Jewish writer.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
From Berlin to Jerusalem
9
Mysticism
35
Myth
51
Messianism
71
The Politics of Historiography
94
Theology Language and History
112
Between Mysticism and Modernity
147
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About the author (1982)

David Biale is the Emmanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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