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Alchemy of the Word: Cabala of the Renaissnce (Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions)

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Alchemy of the Word is a study of the literary, philosophical, and cultural ramifications of Cabala during the Renaissance. Important intellectual figures from 1490 to 1690 are considered, including Agrippa, Dee, Spenser, Shakespeare, Browne, and Milton; Cabalas more recent impact is also discussed. Cabala, a hermeneutic style of Biblical commentary of Jewish origin, is based on the notion that, along with an inscribed Decalogue, Moses received a secret, oral supplement that provides a symbolic, allegorical, and moral qualification of the literal law of religion.<P>Building on the work of Gershom Scholem, Joseph Blau, Harold Bloom, Francois Secret, Michel de Certeau, and Arthur Waite, Beitchman takes a fresh look at the "mystical" text through the lens of postmodernist theory. In a model developed from Deleuze-Guattari's "nomadology" to explore issues related to the Zohar, he shows that Cabala was a deconstruction of Renaissance authority. Like deconstruction, Cabala presents familiar material from novel and sometimes provocative perspectives. It allows space for modifiability, tolerance and humanity, by widening the margins between the letter of the law and the demands of an existence whose rules were so rapidly changing.<P>An exercise in the literary analysis of "sacred texts" and an examination of the mystical element in literary works, Alchemy of the Word is also an experiment in new historicism. It shows how the reincarnation theories of E M. Van Helmont, which impacted heavily on the seventeenth century English cabalistic circle of Henry More and Ann Conway, demonstrate at once the originality and boldness of Cabala, but also its desperation, constituting a theoretical parallel tothe continental "acting out" of the Sabbatian heresy.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-339) and index.

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ISBN:
9780791437384
Author:
Beitchman, Philip
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Location:
Albany :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Judaism - Sacred Writings
Subject:
Alternate Spirituality
Subject:
Spiritualism - Kabbalah
Subject:
Renaissance
Subject:
Cabala
Subject:
Cabala and Christianity
Subject:
Judaism - Kabbalah & Mysticism
Series:
Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions
Series Volume:
A405
Publication Date:
19980531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
364
Dimensions:
8.88x5.84x.81 in. 1.09 lbs.

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