On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1996 - Religion - 216 pages
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In On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism, Gershom Scholem guides the reader through the central themes in the intricate history of the Kabbalah, clarifying the relations between mysticism and established religious authority, the mystics' interpretation of the Torah and their attempts to discover the hidden meaning underlying Scripture, the tension between the philosophical and the mystical concepts of God, and the symbolism employed in mystical religion.

With a new foreword by Bernard McGinn

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A good clear introduction to a very complex topic lately abused by casual practioners. I offered to lend this book to one modern "Kabbalist" who told me her group had more fun making it up. At least ... Read full review

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Gershom Scholem was a professor of Jewish mysticism at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem until his death in 1982. Among his most important works are Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, The Messianic Idea in Judaism, and On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism.

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