By Robert J. Sagerman
Abraham Abulafia (1240 - c. 1291) based an greatly influential department of Jewish mysticism, known as the prophetic or ecstatic kabbalah. This publication, from a number of views, explores the impression of Christianity upon Abulafia. His copious writings evince an excessive fascination with Christian subject matters, but Abulafia's widespread diatribes opposed to Jesus and Christianity demonstrate him to be deeply conflicted in his dating to his southern ecu spiritual pals. This publication undertakes a cautious research of Abulafia's writings, suggesting that the popularity of an internal dynamic of appeal and revulsion towards the forbidden different offers a very important key to figuring out Abulafia's mystical hermeneutic and his meditative perform. It additionally demonstrates that Abulafia's uneasy courting to Christianity formed the very middle of his mystical doctrine.
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The Serpent Kills or the Serpent Gives Life: The Kabbalist Abraham Abulafia's Response to Christianity (Supplements to the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy) by Robert J. Sagerman