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The Human Body As A Musical Instrument In The Sermons Of Judah Moscato

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In the Kabbalah, Francesco Giorgio Veneto saw the confirmation of the Christian truth, and he considered it the only exegetical method that could reveal the true, hidden sense of the sacred writings. The whole cosmic structure is conceived by Giorgio Veneto neo-platonically as a process from the unity of God to the multiplicity of the creation through the mediation of the Word of God, namely Christ, who is wisdom and word of God containing all things in an ideal manner. The cosmic harmony is also the topic of the first of the fifty-two sermons, which represent a part of Judah ben Yosef Moscatos homiletical output, published in his collection Sefer Nefu'ot Yehudah. Moscato regards the human body in its unity of material and soul as a musical instrument, an organ which can produce the best melody, if it is tuned to the higher spheres.

Keywords: Christian; cosmic structure; Francesco Giorgio Veneto; human body; Judah ben Yosef Moscato; Kabbalah; musical instrument; Sefer Nefuẓot Yehudah; sermons

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