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Golem: Jewish Magical And Mystical Traditions On The Artificial Anthropoid
by Moshe Idel
Idel's thesis is that the role of the golem concept in Judaism was to confer an exceptional status to the Jewish elite by bestowing it with the capability of supernatural powers deriving from a profound knowledge of the Hebrew language and its magical and mystical values.
This book is the first comprehensive treatment of the whole range of material dealing with creation of...more
Hardcover, 1st edition SUNY Series in Judaica: Hermeneutics, Mysticism & Religion, 354 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by State University of New York Press
(first published January 1st 1990)
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A dense, comprehensive analysis of the religious/spiritual/mystical sources relating to the Golem in Jewish (and, to a lesser extent,Christian) texts. It completely casts aside the popular mythos to focus on the competing schools of thought on the subject. Obviously it makes for very heavy reading but if golems are your thing you won't find a better central repository of all the original works.