Kabbalah: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism (Paperback)
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Kabbalah: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism (Paperback)

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Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 07/03/2006
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Byron Sherwin's book is a primer for course-work and for those seeking to understand Jewish mysticism on its own terms, Kabbalah provides a comprehensive, accessible introduction to Jewish mysticism, organized around five models of Jewish mystical theology and experience: Normal Mysticism, Mystical Intimacy, Addressing God's Needs, Drawing Down Divine Grace, and Prophetic Kabbalah. Sherwin's Kabbalah: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism is a scholarly, yet accessible work that includes primary texts in translation.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742543645
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 236 x 149 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Sherwin's introduction to Jewish mysticism is the most lucid, insightful and comprehensive treatment in its genre in any language. He offers a balanced vision of the variety of mystical phenomena in Judaism in an accessible and precise language. -- Moshe Idel, Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
In Kabbalah: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism, Professor Byron Sherwin has accomplished the impossible-he has made the esoteric and unbelievably complex teachings of Kabbalah accessible, offering an accurate and graceful gateway into the world of Jewish mysticism. Sherwin demonstrates how Kabbalah is an authentic expression of Jewish teachings, and draws on every aspect of Jewish tradition-law, legend, philosophy, theology, liturgy, ethics, and the rituals of observance. Sherwin's remarkable book finally provides the step-by-step introduction to Kabbalah that has been so desperately needed. -- Howard Schwartz, Author of Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism
Exceptional work...examine[s] the aura surrounding Kabbalah, demystifying the ancient lore and making it a more accessible bank of information for the interested and curious reader. * Jewish Book World *
Sherwin's book is one of those rare finds: an accessible introductory work written by a distinguished scholar. The author's command of the historical material is very capable, and he leavens the scholarship with personal perspectives and even meditation instructions. -- Jay Michaelson * Foreword Reviews *
A comprehensive illustration of the five 'models', and thus presents a thematic investigation into Kabbalah. * Journal of Jewish Studies *
At a time when there is much distortion of Jewish mysticism, this book presents a clear introduction to the authentic Jewish mystical tradition. Rabbi Sherwin wonderfully illuminates the genuine mystical dimension of Judaism. This book should be required reading for courses on the Jewish tradition and will make fascinating reading for all spiritual seekers. -- Harold Kasimow, George Drake Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Grinnell College

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