Knowledge of God and the Development of Early Kabbalah


In Knowledge of God and the Development of Early Kabbalah, Jonathan Dauber offers a fresh consideration of the emergence and early development of Kabbalah against the backdrop of a re-evaluation of the relationship between early Kabbalistic and philosophic discourse. He argues that the first Kabbalists adopted a philosophic ethos that was foreign to traditional Rabbinic Judaism but had taken root in Languedoc and Catalonia under the influence of newly available philosophical materials. In this ethos, the act of investigating God was accorded great religious significance, and it was its adoption by the first Kabbalists that helped spur them to engage in their investigations of God and, in so doing, develop Kabbalah.

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Jonathan Dauber, Ph.D. (2004) New York University, is Assistant Professor of Jewish Mysticism at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He has authored studies on Kabbalah and Eastern-European Hasidism.
Chapter 1: Creativity in the First Kabbalistic Writings
Chapter 2: The Philosophic Ethos
Chapter 3: Investigating God in Rabbinic and Later Literature
Chapter 4: The Philosophic Ethos in the Writings of the First Kabbalists
Chapter 5: Investigating God in Sefer ha-Bahir
Chapter 6: The Philosophic Ethos in the Writings of Naḥmanides
All interested in medieval Jewish mysticism and philosophy/theology. Those interested in the intersection of mysticism and philosophy.
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