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Idel, Moshe 1947-

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Most widely held works by Moshe Idel
Hasidism : between ecstasy and magic by Moshe Idel( )

19 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and Romanian and held by 2,363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kabbalah : new perspectives by Moshe Idel( )

17 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this prizewinning new interpretation of Jewish mysticism, Moshe Idel emphasizes the need for a comparative and phenomenological approach to Kabbalah and its position in the history of religion
Ascensions on high in Jewish mysticism : pillars, lines, ladders by Moshe Idel( )

13 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 2,160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ascensions on High took on many forms in Jewish mysticism and 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, as well as a perspectivist one. The latter seeks to examine religious phenomena from a variety of perspectives. In the specific case of this book, the author interrogates the issue of the pillar in Jewish mysticism by comparing it to the archaic resort to pillars, recurring in rural societies."--BOOK JACKET
The mystical experience in Abraham Abulafia by Moshe Idel( )

27 editions published between 1987 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 2,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Messianic mystics by Moshe Idel( )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 2,098 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the worl'ds leading scholars of Jewish thought examines the long tradition of Jewish messianism and mystical experience."
Absorbing perfections : Kabbalah and interpretation by Moshe Idel( )

16 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this wide-ranging discussion of Kabbalah - from the mystical trends of medieval Judaism to modern Hasidism - one of the world's foremost scholars considers different visions of the nature of the sacred text and the methods used to interpret it. Moshe Idel takes as a starting point the fact that the postbiblical Jewish world lost its geographical center with the destruction of the Temple and so was left with a textual center, the Holy Book. Idel argues that a text-oriented religion produced language-centered forms of mysticism."--Jacket
Golem : Jewish magical and mystical traditions on the artificial anthropoid by Moshe Idel( )

18 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 1,730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510 : a survey by Moshe Idel( )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and Romanian and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This survey of the history of Kabbalah in Italy represents a major contribution from one of the world's foremost Kabbalah scholars. Idel charts the ways that Kabbalistic thought and literature developed in Italy and how its unique geographical situation facilitated the arrival of both Spanish and Byzantine Kabbalah
Golem! Danger, deliverance, and art by Emily D Bilski( )

5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in ecstatic kabbalah by Moshe Idel( )

20 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language, Torah, and hermeneutics in Abraham Abulafia by Moshe Idel( )

16 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and French and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kabbalah and eros by Moshe Idel( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, the world's foremost scholar of Kabbalah explores the understanding of erotic love in Jewish mystical thought. Encompassing Jewish mystical literatures from those of late antiquity to works of Polish Hasidism, Moshe Idel highlights the diversity of Kabbalistic views on eros and distinguishes between the major forms of eroticism." "The author traces the main developments of a religious formula that reflects the union between a masculine divine attribute and a feminine divine attribute, and he asks why such an "erotic formula" was incorporated into the Jewish prayer book. Idel shows how Kabbalistic literature was influenced not only by rabbinic literature but also by Greek thought that helped introduce a wider understanding of eros. Addressing topics ranging from cosmic eros and androgyneity to the affinity between C.J. Jung and Kabbalah to feminist thought, Idel's study will be of interest to scholars of religion, Judaism, and feminism."--Jacket
Mystical union in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam : an ecumenical dialogue by Moshe Idel( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mysticism is a tricky subject for serious academic inquiry. The difficulty of making an intellectual argument about the ineffable is the most immediate obstacle. This is further complicated by the fact that many who are interested in the subject like to argue that all mystics experience a universal union with the ultimate, a proposition that is hard to reconcile with a scholarly concern for specific context, language and sources. Especially in the early part of the 20th century, under the influence of Evelyn Underhill, students of mysticism tended to place all interpretations into a pre-articulated framework of "the mystic way."--Http:// (Sep. 5, 2014)
Jewish magic and superstition : a study in folk religion by Joshua Trachtenberg( )

8 editions published between 1939 and 2013 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jewish Magic and Superstition is a exploration of religious forms that have all but disappeared yet persist in the imagination. The volume begins with legends of Jewish sorcery and proceeds to discuss beliefs about the evil eye, spirits of the dead, powers of good, the famous legend of the golem, procedures for casting spells, the use of gems and amulets, how to battle spirits, the ritual of circumcision, herbal folk remedies, fortune telling, astrology, and the interpretation of dreams."--Jacket
Kabbalah : a neurocognitive approach to mystical experiences by S Arzy( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this original study, Moshe Idel, an eminent scholar of Jewish mysticism and thought, and the cognitive neuroscientist and neurologist Shahar Arzy combine their considerable expertise to explore the mysteries of the Kabbalah from an entirely new perspective: that of the human brain. In lieu of the theological, sociological, and psychoanalytic approaches that have generally dominated the study of ecstatic mystical experiences, the authors endeavor to decode the brain mechanisms underlying these phenomena. Arzy and Idel analyze first-person descriptions to explore the Kabbalistic techniques employed by most prominent Jewish mystics to effect bodily reduplications, dissociations, and other phenomena, and compare them with recent neurological observations and modern-day laboratory experiments. The resultant study offers readers a scientific, more brain-based understanding of how ecstatic Kabbalists achieved their most precious mystical experiences. The study further demonstrates how these Kabbalists have long functioned as pioneering investigators of the human self"--
Old worlds, new mirrors : on Jewish mysticism and twentieth-century thought by Moshe Idel( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries a new Jewish elite, notes Moshe Idel, no longer made up of prophets, priests, kings, or rabbis but of intellectuals and academicians working in secular universities or writing for an audience not defined by any one set of religious beliefs. In Old Worlds, New Mirrors Idel turns his gaze on figures as diverse as Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida, Franz Kafka and Franz Rosenzweig, Arnaldo Momigliano and Paul Celan, Abraham Heschel and George Steiner to reflect on their relationships to Judaism in a cosmopolitan, mostly European, context. Idel-himself one of the world's most eminent scholars of Jewish mysticism-focuses in particular on the mystical aspects of his subjects' writings. Avoiding all attempts to discern anything like a single "essence of Judaism" in their works, he nevertheless maintains a sustained effort to illumine especially the Kabbalistic and Hasidic strains of thought these figures would have derived from earlier Jewish sources. Looming large throughout is Gershom Scholem, the thinker who played such a crucial role in establishing the study of Kabbalah as a modern academic discipline and whose influence pervades Idel's own work; indeed, the author observes, much of the book may be seen as a mirror held up to reflect on the broader reception of Scholem's thought. -- Back cover
Ben : sonship and Jewish mysticism by Moshe Idel( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in Spanish and English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mystical union and monotheistic faith : an ecumenical dialogue by Bernard McGinn( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mircea Eliade : from magic to myth by Moshe Idel( )

12 editions published between 1899 and 2014 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mircea Eliade: From Magic to Myth addresses a series of topics that have been neglected in scholarship. First and foremost, the book looks at the early Romanian background of some of Eliade's ideas, especially his magical universe, which took on a more mythical nature with his arrival in the West. Other chapters deal with Eliade's attitude toward Judaism, which is crucial for his phenomenology of religion, and the influences of Kabbalah on his early work. Later chapters address his association with the Romanian extreme right movement known as the Iron Guard and the reverberation of some of the
Saturn's Jews : on the witches' Sabbat and Sabbateanism by Moshe Idel( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores the phenomenon of Saturnism, namely the belief that the planet Saturn, the seventh known planet in ancient astrology, was appointed upon the Jews, who celebrated the Sabbath, the seventh day of the Jewish week. Moshe Idel details how the anonymous, late 14th century Sefer Ha-Peliyah was to have disturbing consequences in the Jewish world three centuries later, interweaving luminaries with the cultural, historical, religious, and philosophical concepts of their day, and demonstrating how cultural agents were inadvertently instrumental in the mid-17th-century mass-movement Sa
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Ascensions on high in Jewish mysticism : pillars, lines, ladders
Kabbalah : new perspectivesAscensions on high in Jewish mysticism : pillars, lines, laddersThe mystical experience in Abraham AbulafiaMessianic mysticsAbsorbing perfections : Kabbalah and interpretationKabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510 : a surveyStudies in ecstatic kabbalahKabbalah and eros
Alternative Names
ʾAydel, Mošē 1947-

Idel M.

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Idel, Moché

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Moše Idel profesor židovské filosofie

Moshe Idel

Moshe Idel Israeli historian and philologist

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Moshe Idel storico, filologo e accademico rumeno

Mosheh Idel historicus uit Roemenië

ʾYDL, Moše 1947-

Идель, Моше

אידל משה

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