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The Heart and the Fountain: An Anthology of Jewish Mystical Experiences

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Joseph Dan is one of the world's leading authorities on Jewish mysticism. In this superb anthology, Dan not only presents illuminating excerpts from the most important mystical texts, but also delves into the very meaning of mysticism itself. Dan takes readers through the historical development of Jewish mysticism, from late antiquity to the modern period. He explores the Kabbalah, the esoteric tradition that delves into the secrets delivered by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, the emergence of Hasidism, and much more. He presents the great texts, from Hekhalot Rabbati, "The Greater Book of Divine Palaces," set in the temple in Jerusalem; to the apocalyptic vision of Abraham Abulafia in the thirteenth century; to the Zohar, perhaps the best-known volume of all. For each piece, he offers an extended introduction that deftly places the work in the context of its time and its antecedents.

"Mysticism is that which cannot be expressed in words, period," Dan writes. In this remarkable volume, he guides us through that seemingly impenetrable barrier to show how the inexpressible has been expressed in some of the most profound and challenging writing in existence.

About the Author

Joseph Dan is the Gershom Scholem Professor of Kabbalah at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A winner of the Israel Prize in 1997, he is recognized as one of the most influential scholars of Jewish mysticism in the world today.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

I. "Religion, Mysticism, and Language"

II. "Jewish Mysticism"

III. "Jewish Concept of

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195139792
Editor:
Dan, Joseph
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Dan, Joseph
Author:
Dan, Joseph
Author:
null, Joseph
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Mysticism
Subject:
Judaism - Rituals & Practice
Subject:
Judaism - Kabbalah & Mysticism
Subject:
Theology | Judaism
Subject:
Religion and Theology - Judaism
Subject:
Mysticism -- Judaism.
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Judaism
Subject:
Judaism-Rituals and Practice
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 illus.
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.22x6.14x.87 in. 1.05 lbs.

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