One of the most important scholars of our century, Gershom Scholem ( ) are probed in Origins of the Kabbalah, a work crucial in Scholem’s oeuvre. One of the most important scholars of our century, Gershom Scholem ( ) up a once esoteric world of Jewish mysticism, the Kabbalah, to concerned s. Origins of the Kabbalah has 82 ratings and 4 reviews. Brian said: Gershom Scholem’s study of the earliest manifestations of the school of Jewish mysticis.

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Selected Bibliography on Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism

Scholem wrote to Hans Paeschke that he “knew Hannah Arendt when she was a socialist or half-communist and Less notable in his academic career was his establishment of the fictive University of Muri with Benjamin. Trivia About Origins of the Ka Naomi rated it it was amazing Oct 22, Selective influence on Western thought. The New York Times. Non-Orthodox interest in Jewish mysticism. Scholem considered the Kabbalists as interpreters of a pre-existent linguistic revelation.

He is widely regarded as the founder of the modern, academic study of Kabbalah, becoming the first Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. In Berlin, Scholem first befriended and became an admirer of Leo Strauss their correspondence would continue throughout his life. Gershom Scholem, unlike his brother, was vehemently opposed to both Communism and Marxism.


Mainstream displacement of rationalism with Kabbalah. Various stories and essays of the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges were inspired or influenced by Scholem’s books. Victor rated it it was amazing Mar 15, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jewish mysticism was seen as Judaism’s weakest scholarly link.

Israel Prize Bialik Prize. The bitter fight, which was exchanged in various articles, made Scholem break off ties with Arendt and refuse to forgive her.

Scholem taught the Kabbalah and mysticism kabbalaah a scientific point of view and became the first professor of Jewish mysticism at the university inworking in this post until his retirement inwhen he became an emeritus professor.

Preview — Origins of the Kabbalah by Gershom Scholem. Scholem wrote his doctoral thesis on the oldest known kabbalistic text, Sefer ha-Bahir.

Scholem is best known for his collection of lectures, Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism and for his biography Sabbatai Zevi, the Mystical Messiah I once heard Madonna interviewed and she was asked about its Jewish origins and she said she hated that – it goes back to Pythagoras and the Egyptians.

In contrast to Buber, Scholem believed in the power of the language to invoke supernatural phenomena. Scholem died in Jerusalemwhere he is buried next to his wife in the Sanhedria Cemetery.

That being said, the sheer volume of manuscript evidence Scholem brings to bear is at least sufficient to warrant a careful analysis and serious evaluation of his conclusions. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.



Origins of the Kabbalah by Gershom Scholem

Many of those who joined the Hasidic movement, because they had seen in it an Orthodox congregation, considered it scandalous that their community should be associated with a heretical movement. Paperbackpages. Where the paper trail ends, he, as an historian, has recourse only to hypothesis, and other explanations for the form and content of the earliest extant kabbalistic materials are certainly possible, as amply demonstrated, for example, by Moshe Idel.

Starting from something similar to the Gegengeschichte of Friedrich Nietzsche he ended up including less normative aspects of the Judaism in the public history.

Harry rated it really liked it May 05, Published January 21st by Princeton University Press first published David rated it really liked it Nov 10, Rationalism Averroism Neoplatonism Avicennism Topics: Maximus Spiritus rated it it was amazing Dec 16, Thanks for telling us about the problem. State University of New York Press. Positions in Rabbinic Judaism: