Ascensions on High in Jewish Mysticism: Pillars, Lines, by Author Moshe Idel

By Author Moshe Idel

Ascensions on excessive took many types in Jewish mysticism and so they permeated so much of its historical past from its inception till Hasidism. The booklet surveys some of the different types, with an emphasis at the architectural photographs of the ascent, just like the lodge to pictures of pillars, traces, and ladders. After surveying the diversity of scholarly ways to faith, the writer additionally deals what he proposes as an eclectic technique, and a perspectivist one. The latter recommends to ascertain non secular phenomena from quite a few views. the writer investigates the explicit factor of the pillar in Jewish mysticism through evaluating it to the archaic lodge to pillars routine in rural societies. Given the truth that the ascent of the soul and pillars constituted the troubles of 2 major Romanian students of faith, Ioan P. Culianu and Mircea Eliade, Idel lodges to their perspectives, and within the Concluding comments analyzes the emergence of Eliade's imaginative and prescient of Judaism at the foundation of ignored resources.

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Wolfson, M. 14 Even the most important Kabbalistic source—the book of the Zohar, in which there are several discussions of posthumous psychanodia—has not been analyzed from this point of view. As mentioned above, I propose that the apotheotic vector, which presupposes an ascension on high, gradually gained increasing importance in Jewish mysticism, culminating in eighteenth-century Hasidism. However, it should be emphasized that this vector does not represent a unilinear development. Ascents on high took various forms that, though sometimes related to each other, are phenomenologically different.

13. See, for example, Wendy Doniger, Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), pp. 5–7; and the Rumanian version of Ioan Culianu, Eros and Magic in the Renaissance (Bucharest: Nemira, 1999), pp. 371–72; as well as Nicu Gavriluta, Jocurile minµii si lumile multidimensionale (Iasi: Polirom, 2000), pp. 79–84. 14. See Mircea Eliade, “Methodological Remarks on the Study of Religious Symbolism,” in The History of Religions: Essays in Methodology, eds. Mircea Eliade and J.

Ascents on high took various forms that, though sometimes related to each other, are phenomenologically different. Thus, bodily apotheosis, to be referred to below also as somanodia, was evident in ancient literatures but became less influential in the Middle Ages. In medieval Jewish literature, types of psychanodia and nousanodia—the ascent of the intellect, or the nous—are by far more frequent. In the following, these different forms will be described and their ascent and decline will be reflected upon as features within more comprehensive cultural and spiritual processes.

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