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Idel, Moshe 1947-

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Most widely held works by Moshe Idel
Kabbalah : new perspectives by Moshe Idel( Book )

48 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 1,136 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"--
Messianic mystics by Moshe Idel( Book )

27 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 567 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( Book )

16 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 479 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
Hasidism : between ecstasy and magic by Moshe Idel( Book )

18 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and Romanian and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mystical experience in Abraham Abulafia by Moshe Idel( Book )

34 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kabbalah and eros by Moshe Idel( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moshe Idel, einer der bedeutendsten Kabbalaforscher weltweit, legt in Kabbala und Eros dar, welche Fülle an Themen und Texten zu Sexualität, Eros und Genus in der jüdischen Mystik zu finden ist. Er sieht im Judentum allgemein eine "Kultur des Eros", deren erotische Impulse in der Kabbala manifestiert und intensiviert werden. Der Reichtum an Material erfordert es, die unterschiedlichsten Diskurse anhand adäquater Modelle zu kategorisieren. Idel liefert in seinem Buch beides, sowohl das Material als auch die Modelle: das "theosophisch-theurgische", bei dem eine Veränderung in Gott im Vordergrund steht, das "ekstatische", mit dem eine unio mystica, eine Vereinigung mit Gott, angestrebt wird, und das "magisch-talismanische", bei dem die Texte und Praktiken zum formelhaft-magischen Schlüssel der Gottesnähe werden. Moshe Idel hat mit seiner Analyse kabbalistischer Texte die Geschichte der Erforschung der jüdischen Mystik entscheidend beeinflußt. Beim Vergleich der Quellentexte geht es ihm darum, sowohl die Bezüge der Kabbala innerhalb der jeweiligen Strömung der jüdischen Literatur und Geschichte offenzulegen als auch Berührungspunkte mit außerjüdischen Entwicklungen aufzuzeigen. Durch Idels Analyse der historischen Texte und durch die Einführung neuer Begriffe und Konzeptionen gewinnt der Leser einen Einblick in die Vielfalt der mittelalterlichen jüdischen Mystik und in deren Ideenreichtum. darüber hinaus gibt dieses Buch einen entscheidenden Anstoß zur Neubewertung eines zentralen Themas der kabbalistischen Weltsicht. (Quelle:
Golem : Jewish magical and mystical traditions on the artificial anthropoid by Moshe Idel( Book )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mystical union in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam : an ecumenical dialogue by Moshe Idel( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and held by 349 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)
Studies in ecstatic kabbalah by Moshe Idel( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

15 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 250 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 )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 216 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
Mystical union and monotheistic faith : an ecumenical dialogue by Bernard McGinn( Book )

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

Golem! Danger, deliverance, and art by Emily D Bilski( Book )

5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ascensions on high in Jewish mysticism : pillars, lines, ladders by Moshe Idel( Book )

13 editions published in 2005 in English and Hungarian and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ascensions on high took many forms in Jewish mysticism and they permeated most of its history from its inception until Hasidism. Surveys the various categories, with an emphasis on the architectural pictures of the ascent, like the resort to images of pillars, lines, and ladders. Investigates the specific issue of the pillar in Jewish mysticism by comparing it to the archaic resort to pillars recurring in rural societies. Idel resorts to the views of two main Romanian scholars of religion, Culianu and Eliade, and analyzes the emergence of the latter's vision of Judaism on the basis of neglected sources
Saturn's Jews : on the witches' Sabbat and Sabbateanism by Moshe Idel( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 115 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
Jewish mystical leaders and leadership in the 13th century( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Reshimat ha-ketavim shel Profesor Mosheh Idel : hotsaʼah meyuḥedet bi-melot lo ḥamishim shanah by Daniel Abrams( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in Hebrew and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ceea ce ne unește : istorii, biografii, idei by Moshe Idel( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in Romanian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Kabbalah : new perspectives
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Messianic mysticsAbsorbing perfections : Kabbalah and interpretationHasidism : between ecstasy and magicThe mystical experience in Abraham AbulafiaKabbalah and erosMystical union in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam : an ecumenical dialogueStudies in ecstatic kabbalahOld worlds, new mirrors : on Jewish mysticism and twentieth-century thought