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Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos: Isaac Luria and his Kabbalistic Fellowship - Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture (Paperback)
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Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos: Isaac Luria and his Kabbalistic Fellowship - Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture (Paperback)

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Paperback 504 Pages / Published: 02/04/2003
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Isaac Luria (1534-1572) is one of the most extraordinary and influential mystical figures in the history of Judaism, a visionary teacher who helped shape the course of nearly all subsequent Jewish mysticism. Given his importance, it is remarkable that this is the first scholarly work on him in English. Most studies of Lurianic Kabbalah focus on Luria's mythic and speculative ideas or on the ritual and contemplative practices he taught. The central premise of this book is that Lurianic Kabbalah was first and foremost a lived and living phenomenon in an actual social world. Thus the book focuses on Luria the person and on his relationship to his disciples. What attracted Luria's students to him? How did they react to his inspired and charismatic behavior? And what roles did Luria and his students see themselves playing in their collective quest for repair of the cosmos and messianic redemption?

Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804748261
Number of pages: 504
Weight: 653 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[Physician of the Soul] is the worthy capstone of a distinguished career spent studying the kabbalistic ideas of the sixteenth century and their importance for social and intellectual history." -- Histoire Sociale/Social History
"We come away from this book awed by Fine's scholarship, and with a better understanding of how Rabbi Isaac Luria, who wanted his writings to be concealed after his death, nevertheless produced ideas so powerful that they transformed the nature of Judaism for centuries." -- San Diego Jewish Journal
"Through masterly synthesis and organization, the author has produced the first accessible account of Luria and his kabbalah in English-or any language-that is also richly detailed and historiographically up to date." -- American Historical Review
"Lawrence Fine has written extensively on Lurianic thought and practice and with this eminently readable and well-researched book has produced a welcome addition to the scholarship on Kabbalism in general and Luria in particular...This book is a necessary source for anyone who wants to know something about Kabbalah and its important representatives other than the travesty of this fascinating side of Judaism that is espoused by today's popular culture." -- ARC
"...among the finest works of recent Judaic scholarship." -- The Forward

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