From Metaphysics to Midrash Hardback

Myth, History, and the Interpretation of Scripture in Lurianic Kabbala

by Shaul Magid

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From Metaphysics to Midrash

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In "From Metaphysics to Midrash", Shaul Magid explores the exegetical tradition of Isaac Luria and his followers within the historical context in 16th-century Safed, a unique community that brought practitioners of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam into close contact with one another. Luria's scripture became a theatre in which kabbalists redrew boundaries of difference in areas of ethnicity, gender, and the human relation to the divine. Magid investigates how cultural influences altered scriptural exegesis of Lurianic Kabbala in its philosophical, hermeneutical, and historical perspectives. He suggests that Luria and his followers were far from cloistered. They used their considerable skills to weigh in on important matters of the day, offering, at times, some surprising solutions to perennial theological problems.

From Metaphysics to Midrash by Shaul Magid was published by Indiana University Press in July 2008. The ISBN for From Metaphysics to Midrash is 9780253350886.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherIndiana University Press (July 2008)
Number of Pages360
Thickness22 mm
Height236 mm
Width160 mm
Product Code1147961
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