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Spanish And Italian Conceptions Of Metempsychosis In Judah Hayyat

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In a series of eighteen questions, six of which directly relate to philosophical psychology and two of these which involve gilgul, Hayyat asks, "In regard to the matter of gilgul I have great doubt concerning the matter of Pinchas and those like him who will reincarnate from two: how is it possible for two forms to apply to one body? Here Hayyat is referring to the idea expressed in the Zohar that the biblical Pinchas is none other than the reincarnation of the souls of Nadav and Abihu,and is taking the very philosophical stance that the soul is the form of the body and that only one form can apply to one mass of matter. Despite a rather lengthy and well documented autobiographical account in the introduction to his Minhat Yehudah, not a lot is known about Hayyat's life in Spain prior to his expulsion from the Iberian Peninsula in.

Keywords: Abihu; gilgul; Hayyat; Minhat Yehudah; Nadav; Pinchas; Zohar



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