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Jewish Mysticism: The Infinite Expression of Freedom

Rachel Elior

Abstract

Mysticism is one of the central sources of inspiration of religious thought. It is an attempt to decode the mystery of divine existence by penetrating to the depths of consciousness through language, memory, myth, and symbolism. By offering an alternative perspective on the world that gives expression to yearnings for freedom and change, mysticism engenders new modes of authority and leadership; as such it plays a decisive role in moulding religious and social history. For all these reasons, the mystical corpus deserves study and discussion in the framework of cultural criticism and research. ... More

Keywords: mysticism, religious thought, divine existence, symbolism, Jews, Jewish people

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781874774679
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774679.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Elior, author