Kabbalistic Revolution: Reimagining Judaism in Medieval Spain - Jewish Cultures of the World (Hardback)
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Kabbalistic Revolution: Reimagining Judaism in Medieval Spain - Jewish Cultures of the World (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 30/08/2014
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The set of Jewish mystical teachings known as Kabbalah are often imagined as timeless texts, teachings that have been passed down through the millennia. Yet, as this groundbreaking new study shows, Kabbalah flourished in a specific time and place, emerging in response to the social prejudices that Jews faced.

Hartley Lachter, a scholar of religion studies, transports us to medieval Spain, a place where anti-Semitic propaganda was on the rise and Jewish political power was on the wane. Kabbalistic Revolution proposes that, given this context, Kabbalah must be understood as a radically empowering political discourse. While the era's Christian preachers claimed that Jews were blind to the true meaning of scripture and had been abandoned by God, the Kabbalists countered with a doctrine that granted Jews a uniquely privileged relationship with God. Lachter demonstrates how Kabbalah envisioned this increasingly marginalized group at the center of the universe, their mystical practices serving to maintain the harmony of the divine world.

For students of Jewish mysticism, Kabbalistic Revolution provides a new approach to the development of medieval Kabbalah. Yet the book's central questions should appeal to anyone with an interest in the relationships between religious discourses, political struggles, and ethnic pride.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813568751
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book is an exceptionally fresh and significant contribution. It is an important corrective to the tendency to sublimate social history to the history of ideas."--Marc Michael Epstein "Vassar College "
"Lachter's work is a compelling and important study of the manner in which Kabbalah responded to political and cultural pressures in Castile at a time of striking proliferation of kabbalistic literature."--Jonathan Dauber "professor of Jewish mysticism, Yeshiva University "
"A worthwhile and edifying contribution to contemporary scholarship on medieval Jewish mysticism."--H-Judaic
"Lachter succeeds admirably in moving scholarship forward."--AJS Review

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