With the publication of Abraham Cohen de Herrera's
Gate of Heaven, a widely influential work of Jewish mysticism is available for the first time in an unabridged, annotated English edition.
In this work, originally written in Spanish for the
marrano community of Amsterdam, Herrera (d. 1635) follows the syncretic model of Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola in reconciling the teachings of the
Sefer Yezirah, the
Zohar, Moses Cordovero, Isaac Lurian and the Lurianic school (in particular Israel Sarug), with Aristotelian, Platonic, and Neoplatonic metaphysics, medieval Islamic and Jewish theology, and Scholasticism. This thorough synthesis explains the work's appeal to philosophers like Spinoza, Leibniz, Henry More, Hegel, and Jacob Bruckner.
Kenneth Krabbenhoft, Ph.D. (1982), New York University, is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the New York University. His most recent publications are
Neoestoicismo y género popular (University of Salamanca, 2000) and
El precio de la cortesía (University of Salamanca, 1995).
The edition will be of interest to students of
marrano culture, kabbalah, the history of philosophy, and seventeenth-century Spanish literature.