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Revelation And The 'Crisis Of Tradition' In Kabbalah: 1475–1575

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This chapter describes two major approaches: the traditionalist one, gravitating around Nahmanidess approach, and the revelatory one, first connected to the ecstatic Kabbalah of Abraham Abulafia, to the Zoharic literature, and to the literature known as Sefer ha-Meshiv. It discusses the issues related to some of the views articulated in the powerful Safedian Kabbalistic centre during the mid-16th century regarding the emergence and transmission of Kabbalah. The crisis of esoteric tradition in thirteenth century Kabbalah was created by a variety of processes: on the one hand, by the social process of the ascent of a secondary elite, and on the other by the arrival of free exegetical techniques from Ashkenazi esotericism to Spain and by the forging of new and complex exegetical tools by the Kabbalists themselves in the second part of the thirteenth century.

Keywords: esoteric tradition; Kabbalah; Sefer ha-Meshiv; Zoharic literature

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