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Author Idel, Moshe, 1947-

Title Ascensions on high in Jewish mysticism : pillars, lines, ladders / by Moshe Idel
Published Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (1 volume)
Series Pasts incorporated
Pasts incorporated.
Contents On diverse forms of living ascent on high in Jewish Sources -- On cosmic pillars in Jewish sources -- The eschatological pillar of the souls in zoharic literature -- Psychanodia and metamorphoses of pillars in eighteenth-century Hasidism -- The neoplatonic path for dead souls : medieval philosophy, Kabbalah and renaissance
Summary Ascensions on high took many forms in Jewish mysticism and they permeated most of its history from its inception until Hasidism. Surveys the various categories, with an emphasis on the architectural pictures of the ascent, like the resort to images of pillars, lines, and ladders. Investigates the specific issue of the pillar in Jewish mysticism by comparing it to the archaic resort to pillars recurring in rural societies. Idel resorts to the views of two main Romanian scholars of religion, Culianu and Eliade, and analyzes the emergence of the latter's vision of Judaism on the basis of neglected sources
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Ascension of the soul.
Cabala -- History.
Columns -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Mysticism -- Judaism.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1417574542 (electronic bk.)
6155053782 (electronic bk.)
9781417574544 (electronic bk.)
9786155053788 (electronic bk.)