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Angelic Embodiment And The Feminine Representation Of Jesus: Reconstructing Carnality In The Christian Kabbalah Of Johann Kemper

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The story of Johann Kempers spiritual odyssey and the intricacies of his attempt to prove the truth of his new faith on the basis of kabbalistic, and especially zoharic, sources have been studied by a number of scholars. The polemical strategy of Kemper yielded an interpretation of the Kabbalah that differs dramatically from the texts upon which he commented. Indeed, the utilization of Jewish mystical lore, specifically the Zohar, to substantiate the Jewish roots of Christianity, on the part of Kemper places him in close proximity to the Christian Kabbalists of the Renaissance. The polemically-charged female characteristics are adopted by Kemper and transferred to the incarnate Christ. This chapter elaborates the feminine construction of Jesus in the writings of Kemper. It draws out the implication of this imagery for Kempers conception of the body.

Keywords: angelic embodiment; carnality; Christian Kabbalah; feminine construction; Jesus; Jewish; Johann Kemper; Renaissance; Zohar



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