By Moshe Idel
Moshe Idel more and more is obvious as having completed the eminence of Gershom Scholem within the examine of Jewish mysticism. Ben, his booklet at the proposal of sonship in Kabbalah, is a rare paintings of scholarship and inventive surmise. If an highbrow Judaism is to outlive, then Idel turns into crucial analyzing, no matter what your personal religious allegiances.—Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities, Yale collage whereas many features of sonship were analyzed in books on Judaism, this e-book, Moshe Idel's magnum opus, constitutes the 1st try and handle the class of sonship in Jewish mystical literature as a complete. Idel's objective is to show the numerous situations the place Jewish thinkers resorted to thoughts of sonship and their conceptual backgrounds, and hence to teach the life of a large choice of understandings of hypostatic sons in Judaism. via this survey, not just can the paranormal types of sonship in Judaism be greater understood, however the suggestion of sonship in faith ordinarily can be enriched.
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The amplitude of these later encOounters is a matter to be investigated by further scholarship. However, in order not to miss the possibility to discern them, working hypotheses have to be formulated, and I have attempted to delineate these hypotheses above. Introduction As I have explained, my proposed method of understanding the different forms of sonship in quite a detailed matter, so let me address now the other part of the title of this study, 'Jewish Mysticism'. There are many ways in which such a general term may be understood, and I prefer to return to more detailed analyses as the discussions in the book advance.
This is the reason why the affinities that will be proposed in the next chapter, and to a certain extent also in Chapter 2, between those earlier concepts and medieval Jewish material, are not necessarily a matter of the direct influence of the specific material analyzed above on the much later Jewish sources to be scrutinized below, but rather such affinities also operated through the existence of what I assume were common sources of Jewish origin used by Jewish and Christian authors on the one hand, and by Gnostic authors on the other hand.
This strategy has been described above in Philo and in other sources. Paulinian and Alexandrian forms of Christianity, as well as a variety of Gnostic ones, are to a great extent outshoots of the synthesis forged in Hellenistic Alexandria, and one more major example of a similar, though independent synthesis, will be analyzed in detail in Chapter 3. While the more personal understandings of sonship (characteristic of the historical Jesus to the extent we know something about him) are to be compared with charismatics (some of them active in GaWee) like R.
Ben: Sonship and Jewish Mysticism (Robert & Arlene Kogod Library Judaic Studies) by Moshe Idel