In Knowledge of God and the Development of Early Kabbalah, Jonathan Dauber offers a fresh consideration of the emergence and early development of Kabbalah against the backdrop of a re-evaluation of the relationship between early Kabbalistic and philosophic discourse. He argues that the first Kabbalists adopted a philosophic ethos that was foreign to traditional Rabbinic Judaism but had taken root in Languedoc and Catalonia under the influence of newly available philosophical materials. In this ethos, the act of investigating God was accorded great religious significance, and it was its adoption by the first Kabbalists that helped spur them to engage in their investigations of God and, in so doing, develop Kabbalah.
Knowledge of God and the Development of Early Kabbalah
Dov Schwartz, Bar Ilan University . Translated by Batya Stein.
This book focuses on the first and second stages of Soloveitchik’s philosophy, through a systematic and detailed discussion of some of his essays. Schwartz exposes the philosophical methodology of Soloveitchik's religious thought (1945-1965).
Edited by James A. Diamond, University of Waterloo and Aaron W. Hughes, University of Rochester
How does the “medieval” function as a bearer of Jewish identity in a changing secular world? Each chapter in Encountering the Medieval in Modern Jewish Thought addresses a different Jewish return to the medieval by using a language of renewal.
Hartwig Wiedebach, Herman Cohen Archives, University of Zurich. Translated by William Templer, Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, University of Leipzig
Hermann Cohen was a Jewish-German thinker with a passion for philosophy. Two forms of national engagement influenced his philosophical system and his Jewish thought: a cultural-political 'Germanness' (Deutschtum) and a religious Judaism beyond the political.
Edited by David Engel, Lawrence Schiffmann, and Elliot Wolfson, New York University. Managing Editor Yechiel Schur
Thirteen leading scholars offer a fresh look at four key topics in medieval Jewish studies: the history of Jewish communities in Western Christendom, Jewish-Christian interactions in medieval Europe, medieval Jewish Biblical exegesis and religious literature, and historical representations of ...
Eliezer Schweid. Translated by Leonard Levin.
A comprehensive, interdisciplinary account of the major thinkers and movements in modern Jewish thought, in the context of general philosophy and Jewish social-political historical developments. Volume 1 (of 5) covers the period from Spinoza through the Enlightenment.
This book collects eight articles on the thought and method of Gersonides (Provence, 1288-1344). They deal with: his methods of inquiry and composition; his use of introductions; his method in the supercommentaries on Averroes; and his methods of biblical exegesis.
Robert J. Sagerman
Representing a careful contextual study of the writings of the influential Jewish mystic Abraham Abulafia (1240 – c. 1291), this book demonstrates that an inner dynamic of attraction and revulsion toward Christianity shaped Abulafia’s mystical hermeneutic and meditative practice.
Challenging the prevalent view that in order to establish his “Dialogical” thought Martin Buber had to forsake his earlier “mystical” work, Israel Koren demonstrates instead that mystical paradigms serve as the foundation for Buber’s dialogue and endow it with greater depth.
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