Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

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

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

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



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Constructing Tradition — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation