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Kabbalah On The Internet: Transcending Denominational Boundaries In Conflicting Ideologies

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The internet documents an expanding universe of ideologies and opinions, groups, and identities that cannot be found elsewhere. This chapter analyses the image formation of Kabbalah on the internet. By searching for transformations of the concept of Kabbalah, the chapter discovers in what way this concept transcends traditional religious and cultural barriers to form new identities that can perhaps no longer be understood along traditional denominational lines. In the first instance, the analysis of Kabbalah sites on the internet seems to confirm a well-known distinction between Judaism and postmodern New Age: the sites with a Jewish sender, although in principle reaching out to mankind as a whole, offer Jewish sources only, whereas the New Age sites prefer to transcend denominational boundaries by connecting Jewish and Christian sources with their supposed pre-Christian and extra-Jewish parallels.

Keywords: Christian sources; denominational boundaries; internet; Jewish sources; Judaism; Kabbalah; postmodern New Age



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