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Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism

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A collection of lectures on the features of the movement of mysticism that began in antiquity and continues in Hasidism today.

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Publisher's Synopsis

Pathbreaking study dividing rabbinic ascent mysticism into Merkavah (divine chariot) and Hekhalot (celestial palaces) traditions, positing an especially strong flowering after the Jewish expulsion from Spain to the rise of eastern European Hasidim.

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"A crucially vital work in the long history of Jewish esoteric spirituality. Aside from its intrinsic importance, the book's influence has been enormous, and is likely to continue all but indefinitely."      ~Harold Bloom, Yale University

Excerpt

"The Quest for Truth knows adventures that are all its own, and in a vast number of cases has arrayed itself in pseudepigraphic garb. The further a man progresses along his own road in this Quest for Truth, the more he might become convinced that his own road must have already been trodden by others, ages before him.

To the streak of adventurousness which was in Moses de Leon, no less than to his genius, we owe one of the most remarkable works of Jewish literature and of the literature of mysticism in general."

Author Scholem, Gershom
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 460 pp.
Publisher Schocken Books 1995
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