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Gershom Scholem opened up a once esoteric world of Jewish mysticism, the Kabbalah, to concerned students of religion: a tradition of repeated attempts to achieve and portray direct experiences of God. A history of the Kabbalah before the Zohar, this book analyzes the leading ideas of Jewish mysticism up to the period of its classical formulation.

ContentsSources ix Editor’s Preface xi Author’s Preface to the First ( German) Edition xv CHAPTER ONE T H E P R O B L E M • 3 1. The State of Research: The Views of Graetz and Neumark 2. Southern France in the Twelfth Century: The Catharist Move-ment— The Jews of Languedoc 3. The Esoteric Doctrine of the Creation and the Merkabah in Pre-kabbalistic Judaism: The Literature of the Hekhaloth and Jew-ish Gnosticism 4. The “ Book of Creation” 5. The Oldest Documents Concerning the Appearance of the Kab-balah and the Publication of the Book Bahir CHAPTER TWO T H E B O O K BAHIR • 4 9 1. Literary Character and Structure of the Book: Its Different Strata 2. Gnostic Elements in the Bahir: Pleroma and Cosmic Tree   3. Other Gnostic Elements: The Potencies of God— Middoth— Gnos-tic Reinterpretations of Talmudic Sayings— The Double Sophia and the Symbolism of the Sophia as Daughter and Bride  C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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