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Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel
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Cover image: Schwebel, Ivan, “David plays for Saul”, from the series David’s Journey. 81 × 100 cm, oil on canvas, 1995. Copyright Adva Frank-Schwebel.

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Names: Kara-Ivanov Kaniel, Ruth, 1979- author.

Title: The Feminine messiah : King David in the image of the shekhinah in Kabbalistic literature / by Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel

Description: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2021. | Series: The Brill Reference Library to Judaism, 1571-5000 ; vol.68 | Includes bibliographical references and index. | Summary: "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"— Provided by publisher.

Identifiers: LCCN 2021019194 (print) | LCCN 2021019195 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004462182 (hardback) | ISBN 9789004462199 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: David, King of Israel. | Cabala. | Presence of God.

Classification: LCC BS580.D3 K35 2021 (print) | LCC BS580.D3 (ebook) | DDC 222/.4092—dc23

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ISSN 1571-5000

ISBN 978-90-04-46218-2 (hardback)

ISBN 978-90-04-46219-9 (e-book)

Copyright 2021 by Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel. Published by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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