Ben: Sonship and Jewish Mysticism (Robert & Arlene Kogod by Moshe Idel

By Moshe Idel

Moshe Idel more and more is obvious as having accomplished the eminence of Gershom Scholem within the research of Jewish mysticism. Ben, his e-book at the idea of sonship in Kabbalah, is a unprecedented paintings of scholarship and resourceful surmise. If an highbrow Judaism is to outlive, then Idel turns into crucial interpreting, no matter what your individual religious allegiances.—Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities, Yale college whereas many facets of sonship were analyzed in books on Judaism, this e-book, Moshe Idel's magnum opus, constitutes the 1st try to tackle the class of sonship in Jewish mystical literature as an entire. Idel's goal is to indicate the various circumstances the place Jewish thinkers resorted to suggestions of sonship and their conceptual backgrounds, and therefore to teach the lifestyles of a large choice of understandings of hypostatic sons in Judaism. via this survey, not just can the magical types of sonship in Judaism be larger understood, however the suggestion of sonship in faith commonly is also enriched.

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In the following discussion I shall therefore try to pay special attention Introduction to the place of each significant interpretation of sonship, whenever the term Ben or Bekhor or their Aramaic counterparts occur, in their more general contexts in the mystical systems in Jewish literatures which inform them, though the other elements, like uniqueness of the incarnate son, may not occur. From this point of view the vast majority of the theories of sonship to be discussed below are not Christological.

The present study deals basically with material written in various parts of Europe in the Middle Ages. If we assume that there is a link between these concepts and themes and the late antiquity material, we must address the question of the transition in time and space from one place to another. Moreover since some of those views were part of what have been conceived of as heretical literatures, like the J udeo-Christian and Gnostic ones, the question of preservation and transmission is even more acute.

Let me provide an example that demonstrates the relationship between traditions connected to divine names and esotericism as attributed to Jews. According to a passage by Origen, who was acquainted with several other pieces of Jewish esotericism, stemming from his contacts with Jewish masters: [w]e would say that the names Sabaoth and Adonai, and all the other names that have been handed down by the Hebrews with great reverence, are not concerned with ordinary created things, l62 but with a certain mysterious divine science that is related to the 16 creator of the universe.

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