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Gershom Scholem, Magen David: Toldotov shel Semel. (The Star of David: History of a Symbol). Ed. A. Shapira, tr. and ed. G. Hasan-Rokem. Ein Harod: Mishkan Le-Omanut, 2008, [Hebrew].

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1. FN11 This essay is dedicated to Professor Richard D. Hecht, who introduced me to Gershom Scholem. Many thanks to my colleagues Jonathan Dauber and Jess Olson for their valuable input.
2. FN22 Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, Based on the Hilda Strook Lectures Delivered at the Jewish Institute of Religion, New York (New York: Schocken Books, 1946); On the Kabbalah and its Symbolism (New York: Schocken Books, 1969); Sabbatai Sevi; the Mystical Messiah, 1626–1676 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1973); The Messianic Idea in Judaism and Other Essays on Jewish Spirituality (New York, Schocken Books, 1971); Jewish Gnosticism, Merkabah Mysticism, and Talmudic Tradition (New York, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1960).
3. FN33 The Messianic Idea in Judaism, 257–281.
4. FN44 C. J. Jung, Mandala: Bilder aus dem Unbewussten (Olten: Walter, 19 77), tr. as Mandala Symbolism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972). See more broadly C. J. Jung, ed., Man and His Symbols (London: Aldus Books, 1964). On Scholem’s relationship with Jung, see S. M. Wasserstrom, Religion After Religion: Gershom Scholem, Mircea Eliade and Henry Corbin at Eranos (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999).
5. FN55 See Steven Fine, Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2005), 135–7.
6. FN66 See A. David, The Patron: A Life of Salman Schocken, 1877–1959 (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2004).
7. FN77 A. Mishory, Lo and Behold: Zionist Icons and Visual Symbols in Israeli Culture (Tel Aviv: Am Oved, 2000), 165–199 [Hebrew].
8. FN88 Illustrated in A. Reifenberg’s Denkmäler der jüdischen Antike (Berlin: Schocken, 1937), pl, 62, no. 4.
9. FN9 9 Mishory, Lo and Behold, 165–199.
10. FN1010 Scholem, Magen David: Toldotav shel Semel, 55. Happily, as this review was nearing completion, a German translation of the Hassan-Rokem’s Hebrew text with an afterward that begins to set this volume in the context of Scholem’s oeuvre (although still, without illustrations) was published as Das Davidschild—Geschichte eines Symbol. Tr. and afterword by G. Necker (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2010).
11. FN1111 Jerusalem: Keter, 1972, 11: 687–97.

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