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Scholem, Gershom Gerhard

Published by Tel-Aviv: ?am ?oved, 1967
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Hardcover, 8vo, 376 pages, illustrations, facsims, portrait, 24cm. In Hebrew. Jacob Agus copy with notes. SUBJECT (S) : Sabbathaians. Shabbethai, Tzevi, 1626-1676. Other Titles: Added title page: Shabbetai Zevi and the Shabbetaian movement during his lifetime. Scholem (1898 1982) , was "the most important scholar of Jewish mysticism and a towering figure in Jewish intellectual life. Born to an assimilated family in Berlin, he was attracted in his youth to Judaism and Zionism and studied major Hebrew Jewish texts and Kabbalah by himself. After completing a Ph. D. Thesis in 1923 on Sefer ha-Bahir, he arrived in Israel, and taught at the Hebrew University, becoming the first professor to devote all his studies and teaching to the topic of Jewish mysticism. His achievement in surveying all the major stages and writings belonging to this topic is staggering. In the difficult times of the 1920s and 1930s, he traveled to all the major European libraries and systematically studied all the available manuscripts. In 1939 he delivered a series of lectures in New York, which became the first comprehensive analysis of the historical and phenomenological aspects of the entire range of Jewish mysticism: Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, which is also his most influential and widely read book. In 1957, he published in Hebrew the most important synthesis of the historical and religious aspects of the Shabbatean movement in the lifetime of Shabbetai ? Evi . Sixteen years later, Princeton University Press produced an enlarged English version of this book, Sabbatai Sevi, the Mystical Messiah, translated by R. J. Z. Werblowsky His deep involvement in the intellectual life in Israel and in the Jewish world generated numerous articles, most of which have been collected in three Hebrew volumes edited by Abraham Shapira, and in some English ones His rich library is indubitably the best one in the field of Jewish mysticism, and it became part of the Jewish National and University Library, serving as a major resource for studies in the field. A catalogue raisonné of his library has been printed in two volumes, edited by Joseph Dan and Esther Liebes, The Library of Gershom Scholem on Jewish Mysticism" (Idel in EJ, 2007) . Light staining to front and back cover. Wear to binding. Good condition. (Rab-47-1) Heb2, rab6, mx3. Bookseller Inventory # 27968

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Publisher: Tel-Aviv: ?am ?oved

Publication Date: 1967

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