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The Messianic Idea in Judaism: And Other Essays on Jewish Spirituality
Gershom Scholem was the master builder of historical studies of the Kabbalah. When he began to work on this neglected field, the few who studied these texts were either amateurs who were looking for occult wisdom, or old-style Kabbalists who were seeking guidance on their spiritual journeys. His work broke with the outlook of the scholars of the previous century in Judaica ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published May 10th 1995 by Schocken Books Inc. (NYC)
(first published 1971)
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Another great book by Scholem. This one dealt heavily with Sabbatianism and early Hasidism, and it intensified my interest in reading his monograph on Sabbatai Zevi. The format, a collection of articles and lectures, makes for some irritating repetition; some of the later pieces also feel inessential, especially once we start getting down to book reviews. But most of the book is exciting, challenging reading from a master of his field.