The Feminine Messiah

King David in the Image of the Shekhinah in Kabbalistic Literature

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In The Feminine Messiah: King David in the Image of the Shekhina in Kabbalistic Literature, Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel presents an in-depth study focusing on the centrality of the figure of King David in Jewish culture and mystical literature. King David is one of the most colorful, complex, and controversial personalities in Jewish lore. While numerous studies have focused on David's centrality to biblical literature and late antiquity, to date no comprehensive scholarly attempt has been made to investigate his image in Jewish kabbalistic literature. This innovative study also contributes to the understanding of the connection between the mystical and psychoanalytic perception of the self, as well as illuminating issues of gender fluidity, identity, and sexuality in medieval kabbalistic literature.

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Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel, Ph.D. (2010), is a Lecturer in the department of Jewish History at Haifa University and a Research Fellow at the Tel Aviv Institute for Psychoanalysis and at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Her last book, Human Throes - Birth in Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis won the Gorgias Press Book Award in Jewish Studies for 2019–2020.
Scholars and laymen, who are interested in the fields of medieval Jewish Studies, kabbalah, comparative religion, psychoanalysis, midrash, mysticism, and Gender Studies
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