Adam Afterman, Ph.D. (2008), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Associate Professor in Jewish Mysticism and Philosophy and Acting Chair of the Department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud at Tel Aviv University. He has authored studies on Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism and medieval Jewish philosophy.
All interested in medieval Jewish mysticism and philosophy/theology. Those interested in the intersection of mysticism and philosophy; Jewish and comparative mysticism; Jewish thought from the Bible to Scholem and Buber.
"In this work Afterman (Jewish mysticism and philosophy, Tel Aviv Univ., Israel) focuses on a central issue in the study and interpretation of Jewish mystical texts (Kabbalah): Did Jewish mystics have unitive experiences (unio mystica) with the divine—experiences like those of Christian, Muslim, and Hindu mystics, among others—or did they have relational, not unitive, experiences due to the presuppositions of Jewish theology?...Though not original in conception, this is a masterful survey of arcane but important Kabbalistic texts. It is a valuable addition to the literature due to its learned exposition of a wide array of classical mystical texts." -S.T. Katz, Boston University, CHOICE, February 2017, Vol. 54, No. 6
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: From Philo to Plotinus: The Emergence of Mystical Union
Chapter 3: Unio Mystica and Ancient Jewish Mysticism
Chapter 4: Platonic and Aristotelian Traditions of Union
Chapter 5: “As Light Unites With Light”: The Language of Union in Jewish Neo-Platonism.
Chapter 6: The Language of Union in the Writings of Moses Maimonides and Moses Nachmanides
Chapter 7: Mystical Union in Early Kabbalah
Chapter 8: Mystical Union in the Ecstatic Kabbalah of Abraham Abulafia
Chapter 9: Language and Images of Mystical Union in the Kabbalah of R. Isaac of Acre
Chapter 10: “Single Unification, Single Bond”: The Language of Union and Unity in the Zohar
Chapter 11: From Kabbalah to the Renaissance and Hasidism: A Brief Overview
Chapter 12: Concluding Remarks