Keter: The Crown of God in Early Jewish Mysticism

Green, Arthur

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Keter is a close reading of fifty relatively brief Jewish texts, tracing the motif of divine coronation from Jewish esoteric writings of late antiquity to the Zohar, written in thirteenth-century Spain. In the course of this investigation Arthur Green draws a wide arc including Talmudic, Midrashic, liturgical, Merkavah, German Hasidic, and Kabbalistic works, showing through this single theme the spectrum of devotional, mystical, and magical views held by various circles of Jews over the course of a millennium or more. The first portion of the work deals with late antiquity, emphasizing the close relationship between texts of what is often depicted as "normative" Judaism and their mystical/magical analogues. The mythic imagination of ancient Judaism, he suggests, is shared across this spectrum. The latter portion of the work turns to the medieval Jews who inherited this ancient tradition and its evolution into Kabbalah, where keter plays a key role as the first of the ten divine emanations or sefirot.


The nature of these sefirot as symbols and the emergence of a structured and hierarchical symbolism out of the mythic imagery of the past are key themes in these later chapters. As a whole, Keter takes the reader on an exciting tour of the interior landscapes of the Jewish imagination, offering some remarkable insights into the nature of mystical and symbolic thinking in the Jewish tradition.


Originally published in 1997.


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Product Description: This is a close reading of 50 relatively brief Jewish texts, tracing the motif of divine coronation from Jewish esoteric writings of late antiquity to the "Zohar", written in 13th-century Spain. In the course of the investigation, the author gathers in Talmudic, Midrashic, liturgical, Merkavah, German Hasidic and Kabbalistic works, showing through this single theme the spectrum of devotional, mystical and magical views held by various circles of Jews over a millenium or more. The first part of the work deals with late antiquity, emphasizing the close relationship between texts of what is often depicted as "normative" Judaism and their mystical/magical analogues. The mythic imagination of ancient Judaism, the author suggests, is shared across this spectrum. The second part of the book turns to the medieval Jews who inherited this ancient tradition and its evolution into Kabbalah, where "keter" plays a key role as the first of the ten divine emanations or "sefirot". The nature of these "sefirot" as symbols and the emergence of a structured and hierarchical symbolism out of the mythic imagery of the past are key themes in these later chapters.

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