By Moshe Idel
This sweeping survey of the background of Kabbalah in Italy represents an enormous contribution from one of many world's prime Kabbalah students. the 1st to concentration cognizance on a particular middle of Kabbalah, Moshe Idel charts the ways in which Kabbalistic idea and literature constructed in Italy and the way its distinct geographical scenario facilitated the arriving of either Spanish and Byzantine Kabbalah.
Idel analyzes the paintings of 3 significant Kabbalists—Abraham Abulafia, Menahem Recanati, and Yohanan Alemanno—who symbolize varied colleges of concept: the ecstatic, the theosophical-theurgical, and the astromagical. Directing specified consciousness to the interactions and tensions between those varieties of Jewish Kabbalah and the nascent Christian Kabbalah, Idel brings to gentle the wealthy heritage of Kabbalah in Italy and the strong effect of this significant middle at the emergence of Christian Kabbalah and eu occultism in general.
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