By Author Moshe Idel

Ascensions on excessive took many varieties in Jewish mysticism they usually permeated such a lot of its historical past from its inception until eventually Hasidism. The booklet surveys a number of the different types, with an emphasis at the architectural pictures of the ascent, just like the hotel to pictures of pillars, strains, and ladders. After surveying the diversity of scholarly methods to faith, the writer additionally deals what he proposes as an eclectic process, and a perspectivist one. The latter recommends to check spiritual phenomena from various views. the writer investigates the categorical factor of the pillar in Jewish mysticism by means of evaluating it to the archaic lodge to pillars ordinary in rural societies. Given the truth that the ascent of the soul and pillars constituted the troubles of 2 major Romanian students of faith, Ioan P. Culianu and Mircea Eliade, Idel motels to their perspectives, and within the Concluding comments analyzes the emergence of Eliade's imaginative and prescient of Judaism at the foundation of overlooked assets.

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35 In other words, magic is revealed to Moses through the divine names that are found in a cryptic manner in the text of the canon. 36 Ascending on high and bringing down some form of esoteric knowledge, either in the form of magical names, of remedies or of a magical reading of the Torah, can be understood as a model that I propose calling mystical–magical. The first action—the ascent on high—represents the mystical phase of the model, as it allows the religious perfectus contact with the divine or celestial entities.

138–62. 12. See Robert K. C. , The Problem of Pure Consciousness: Mysticism and Philosophy (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990); and the series of books edited by Steven Katz at Oxford University Press. See also, for example, Moore, “Mystical Experience,” pp. 112–14. 13. See, for example, Wendy Doniger, Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), pp. 5–7; and the Rumanian version of Ioan Culianu, Eros and Magic in the Renaissance (Bucharest: Nemira, 1999), pp.

Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2000); Robert Segal, The Myth and Ritual Theory: An Introduction (Cambridge: Blackwell, 1998); Bruce Lincoln, Discourse and the Construction of Society: Comparative Studies of Myth, Ritual, and Classification (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992); and idem, Myth, Cosmos, and Society: Indo-European Themes of Creation and Destruction (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1986). 8. See, for example, the numerous studies of Charles Tart, Arthur Deikman and Stanislav Groff.

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