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Mystical Theology and Social Dissent: The Life and Works of Judah Loew of Prague

Byron L. Sherwin

Abstract

Judah Loew, better known as the Maharal of Prague, was a pivotal personality in late medieval European Judaism. Best known from the popular legend that credited him with the creation of a golem—an artificial human with superhuman powers—his true importance lay in his comprehensive exposition of a unique expression of Jewish mystical theology, his call for a reformation of Jewish communal life, and his influence on subsequent Jewish life and thought. This book, a lucid exposition of the life, legend, works, and ideas developed in Loew's massive writings, “reveals the concealed” by unravelling t ... More

Keywords: Judah Loew, Maharal of Prague, European Judaism, golem, Jewish mystical theology, Jewish communal life, Jewish life, Jewish thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1983 Print ISBN-13: 9780197100516
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780197100516.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Byron L. Sherwin, author