The Heart and the Fountain: An Anthology of Jewish Mystical Experiences

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Joseph Dan
Oxford University Press, 26. 9. 2003 - 326 strán (strany)
Joseph Dan is one of the world's leading authorities on Jewish mysticism. In this superb anthology, Dan not only presents illuminating excerpts from the most important mystical texts, but also delves into the very meaning of mysticism itself. Dan takes readers through the historical development of Jewish mysticism, from late antiquity to the modern period. He explores the Kabbalah, the esoteric tradition that delves into the secrets delivered by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, the emergence of Hasidism, and much more. He presents the great texts, from Hekhalot Rabbati, "The Greater Book of Divine Palaces," set in the temple in Jerusalem; to the apocalyptic vision of Abraham Abulafia in the thirteenth century; to the Zohar, perhaps the best-known volume of all. For each piece, he offers an extended introduction that deftly places the work in the context of its time and its antecedents.
"Mysticism is that which cannot be expressed in words, period," Dan writes. In this remarkable volume, he guides us through that seemingly impenetrable barrier to show how the inexpressible has been expressed in some of the most profound and challenging writing in existence.
 

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Religion Mysticism and Language
1
Jewish Mysticism
7
The Midrash
9
Late Antiquity
15
The Middle Ages
23
The Modern Period
36
The Christian Kabbalah
44
The Revelation of the Secret of the World
49
The Intention of Prayer in Early Kabbalah
115
An Apocalyptic Vision
121
The Mystical Immersion in Names
129
The Beginning
139
Rabbi Simeon Bar Yohai and His Society
149
The Wondrous Child
161
To Write Without Pen and Ink
175
The Messianic Dreams of Rabbi Hayyim
203

Visions of Rabbi Akibah and Rabbi Ishmael
55
The Deification of Enoch
61
To See Without Eyes To Hear Without Ears
75
God and the Universe
81
Addressing an Emanated Godhead
95
The Worship of the Holy Name
101
The Devotion in Prayer
107
A Prophetic Vision by Nathan of Gaza
213
Messianism and Sanctity
223
The Mystical Prayer of Rabbi Israel
231
Mystical Poetry and Mystical
251
Notes
277
Permissions
311
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Joseph Dan is the Gershom Scholem Professor of Kabbalah at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A winner of the Israel Prize in 1997, he is recognized as one of the most influential scholars of Jewish mysticism in the world today.

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