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Princeton University Pres
26 February 2019
Religion & beliefs; Judaism: mysticism; Jewish studies
With the publication of The Origins of the Kabbalah in 1950, one of the most important scholars of our century brought the obscure world of Jewish mysticism to a wider audience for the first time. A crucial work in the oeuvre of Gershom Scholem, this book details the beginnings of the Kabbalah in twelfth- and thirteenth-century southern France and Spain, showing its rich tradition of repeated attempts to achieve and portray direct experiences of God. The Origins of the Kabbalah is a contribution not only to the history of Jewish medieval mysticism, but also to the study of medieval mysticism in general. Now with a new foreword by David Biale, this book remains essential reading for students of the history of religion.
By:   Gershom Gerhard Scholem
Foreword by:   David Biale
Edited by:   R. J. Zwi Werblowsky
Translated by:   Allan Arkush
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   38
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691182988
ISBN 10:   0691182981
Series:   Princeton Classics
Pages:   504
Publication Date:   26 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Origins of the Kabbalah

This book has been a classic in its field since it was first issued in 1950, and it still stands as uniquely authoritative and intriguingly instructive.... [It is] a monument of revelation and insight bridging anthropology, religion, sociology, and history. -Publishers Weekly [Scholem's] work on Jewish mysticism, messianism, and sectarianism, spanning now half a century, constitutes ... one of the major achievements of the historical imagination in our time. I would contend that it is of vital interest not only to anyone concerned with the history of religion but to anyone struggling to understand the underlying problematics of the human predicament. -Robert Alter, Commentary No great textual scholar, no master of philology and historical criticism commands a technique at once more scrupulously attentive to its object and more instinctive with the writer's voice [than Scholem]. That voice reaches out and grabs the layman. -George Steiner, New Yorker

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