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Jewish Mysticism (Classic Reprint) [Paperback]

Joshua Abelson

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17 May 2012
Christian mysticism are numerous enough; but it is somewhat remarkable that, in their introductory pages, authors, who have much to say of Plotinus and Neoplatonism, have nothing or very little on the still more cognate subject of Jewish mysticism. This is not, however, so very surprising, for, truth to tell, there is a singular dearth of anything like an adequate introduction to the study of Jewish mysticism itself. The impression left with the general reader is that there is little of a mystical nature in the legitimate tradition of Jewish re ligion, and that the Kabbalah is simply a morbid and late growth, fed entirely by elements foreign to the genius of I srael. How ill-founded is the former view, and how extreme the latter, may be seen in the following pages.
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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (17 May 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1440054614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440054617
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.1 cm

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3.0 out of 5 stars 19th century overview 31 Mar 2008
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This is a good overview of the the late 19th century thought concerning Kabbalism and it's importance. Some of the basic ants are discussed, but not in any detail. This book looks more at some of the aspects of practical Kabbalism rather than theoretical Kabbalism.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Price? 25 April 2014
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I admit to being something of a student of Jewish mysticism, which may have left me over-prepared for this thin volume, but I have to admit I was disappointed. Abelson has a tendency to depend on the kind of precise definition of terms like 'mysticism' that leave him defending the nature of Jewish mysticism against attacks which, by-and-large, don't exist in reality. And he often turns around and begs off defining Jewish terminology as 'out of scope.' The worst sin committed, however, is the continual harping on Neoplatonism (and its brothers and sisters) as the source of latter day Jewish mysticism. This left me in the cold, because there are extensive roots to Jewish mysticism that far precede Greek influences.

On the whole, the book left me a bit confused and dissatisfied.
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