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By Professor Moshe Idel

during this dialogue of Kabbalah - from the magical traits of medieval Judaism to trendy Hasidism - Moshe Idel considers diverse visions of the character of the sacred textual content and of the how you can interpret it. he's taking as a kick off point the truth that the post-biblical Jewish global misplaced its geographical centre with the destruction of the temple and so used to be left with a textual centre, the Holy publication. Idel argues text-oriented faith produced language-centred kinds of mysticism. in contrast historical past, the writer demonstrates how numerous Jewish mystics amplified the content material of the Scriptures on the way to comprise every thing: the area, or God, for instance. therefore the textual content turns into an important realm for contemplation, and the translation of the textual content often turns into an come across with the private nation-states of fact. Idel delineates the actual hermeneutics belonging to Jewish mysticism, investigates the innovative filling of the textual content with secrets and techniques and hidden degrees of which means, and considers intimately a few of the interpretive techniques had to decodify the arcane dimensions of the text.

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