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On the Kabbalah and its Symbolism

In On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism, Gershom Scholem steers the reader through the essential matters in the complex account of the Kabbalah, clearing up the relationships between mysticism and made religious authority, the mystics’ interpretation of the Torah and their undertakes to explore the concealed meaning underlying Scripture, the tension between the philosophical and the mystical theories of God, and the symbolism applied in mystical religion.

On the Kabbalah and its Symbolism
The Kabbalah or The Religious Philosophy of the Hebrews

The Kabbalah’s history and esoteric qualities are demystified and explained by Adolph Franck, a philosopher and scholar of ancient Jewish texts.

With origins dating back thousands of years, the Kabbalistic texts are a cornerstone of Judaist tradition. They explain the relationship between God, humanity, the Earth, and the very Creation itself. For many centuries, Kabbalist scholars employed the lore as a means of explaining difficult passages in the Hebrew Bible and other ancient texts. However the Kabbalah itself evolved with time; an important component of it is the Zohar, a book whose origins are considered by scholars to be potentially as late as the 13th century AD.

Beginning in the Renaissance, elements of the Zohar’s doctrine were even adopted by Christian thinkers. As Franck explains, its influences can be felt in religions and philosophical belief systems elsewhere. Frequent reinterpretations and complex philosophical discussions give the Kabbalah aspects of continuous history, reflective of the changes in society such as the Renaissance. The author devotes entire chapters to the Kabbalist views on the human soul, the physically manifest world, and the divine nature of God, his analysis informed by a wide breadth of sources plus many years of personal researches and scholarship on Judaism.

The Kabbalah or The Religious Philosophy of the Hebrews
The American Journal of Theology Volume 23

The American Journal of Theology is an academic journal that was edited by faculty at the University of Chicago Divinity School from 1897 to 1920. After 1920, it merged with the Biblical World to form the Journal of Religion, which is still published today. It discusses topics that are of interest in the academy and behind the pulpit, including “Theological Agnosticism,” “The Scope of Theology and Its Place in the University”, and “The Speculative Philosophy of the Chinese”. Gain an intellectually oriented perspective on Christianity, both historic and modern with this collection.

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The American Journal of Theology Volume 24

The American Journal of Theology is an academic journal that was edited by faculty at the University of Chicago Divinity School from 1897 to 1920. After 1920, it merged with the Biblical World to form the Journal of Religion, which is still published today. It discusses topics that are of interest in the academy and behind the pulpit, including “Theological Agnosticism,” “The Scope of Theology and Its Place in the University”, and “The Speculative Philosophy of the Chinese”. Gain an intellectually oriented perspective on Christianity, both historic and modern with this collection.

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