Kabbalah

a very short introduction

By Dan, Joseph

Publishers Summary:
In Kabbalah: a very short introduction, Joseph Dan, one of the world's leading authorities on Jewish mysticism, offers a concise and highly accurate look at the history and character of the various systems developed by the adherents of the Kabbalah. Dan sheds light on the many misconceptions about what Kabbalah is and isn't - including its connections to magic, astronomy, alchemy, and numerology - and he illuminates the relationship between Kaballah and Christianity on the one hand and New Age religion on the other. The book provides fascinating historical background, ranging from the mystical groups that flourished in ancient Judaism in the East, and the medieval schools of Kabbalah in Northern Spain and Southern France, to the widening growth of Kabbalah through the school of Isaac Luria of Safed in the sixteenth century, to the most potent and influential modern Jewish religious movement, Hasidism, and its use of kabbalistic language in its preaching.

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ISBN
978-0-19530-034-5
Publisher
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on December 15, 2005

If Hollywood serves as a spiritual thermometer of our culture, then Kabbalah is hot. Celebrities from Madonna to Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore tout the benefits of this form of Jewish mysticism. The general public, however, is still asking questions. Dan (Kabbalah, Jewish thought, Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem; The Teachings of Hasidism ) offers a lucid history and explanation of Kabbalah, covering its key periods, texts, figures, and th...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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