Item description for The Sabbath in the Classical Kabbalah by K. Ginsburg Elliot...
This study is concerned both with the richly imagined world of kabbalistic myth concerning the sabbath as it developed from the late twelfth century to the early sixteenth century and with its activation in religious life via ritual. First published in 1989, it has now been updated to reflect more recent developments in the understanding of the subject. The book opens with a historical overview of classical kabbalah, an outline of its symbolic universe. Special attention is given to the key mythic motifs that underlie sabbath observance: the sabbath as source of cosmic blessing; the sabbath as perfected time; the drama of divine restoration and sacred marriage; and the drama of human transformation by the sabbath as reflected in the motif of the sabbath-soul). This is followed by a theoretical discussion of the function and meaning of kabbalistic ritual and the problems of its interpretation. Theory gives way to practice with the close study of dramatic rituals located on the margins of the sabbath: the ritual of preparation-how one enters the sabbath-and the ritual of separation-how one leaves the sabbath and yet takes it into the week. Brief appendices deal with the special issues of Torah study and sexuality related to sabbath-observance. This now-classic study combines the close textual readings of traditional scholarly enquiry with more innovative approaches drawing on symbolic anthropology and the like. The presentation is coherent, cohesive, and accessible. It makes a contribution to the history of Jewish spirituality and, more broadly, to the understanding of myth and ritual.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Publisher Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
ISBN 1904113435 ISBN13 9781904113430
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Excellent May 16, 1999
This is a wonderful book on the meaning of the Sabbath in kabbalah. Although an academic text, the author's clear writing style makes the book quite accessible. I found it a very enjoyable and intriguing read. Highly recommended.