Item description for Ascensions on High in Jewish Mysticism: Pillars, Lines, Ladders (Pasts Incorporated) by Moshe Idel...
Ascensions on high took many forms in Jewish mysticism and they permeated most of its history from its inception until Hasidism. The book surveys the various categories, with an emphasis on the architectural images of the ascent, like the resort to images of pillars, lines, and ladders. After surveying the variety of scholarly approaches to religion, the author also offers what he proposes as an eclectic approach, and a perspectivist one. The latter recommends to examine religious phenomena from a variety of perspectives. The author investigates the specific issue of the pillar in Jewish mysticism by comparing it to the archaic resort to pillars recurring in rural societies. Given the fact that the ascent of the soul and pillars constituted the concerns of two main Romanian scholars of religion, Ioan P. Culianu and Mircea Eliade, Idel resorts to their views, and in the Concluding Remarks analyzes the emergence of Eliade's vision of Judaism on the basis of neglected sources.
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Studio: Central European University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2005
Publisher Central European University Press
ISBN 9637326030 ISBN13 9789637326035
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More About Moshe Idel
MOSHE IDEL is Max Cooper Professor of Jewish Thought, Hebrew University, and senior researcher at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. He is the author of "Absorbing Perfections "(winner of the Koret Prize for Jewish Thought), "Kabbalah, "and "Messianic Mystics, "all published by Yale University Press.
Moshe Idel currently resides in Jerusalem. Moshe Idel was born in 1947.