The Father of Jewish Mysticism offers an incisive look at the early life and writings of Gershom Scholem (1897–1982), the father of modern Jewish mysticism and a major 20th-century Jewish intellectual.
Daniel Weidner offers the first full-length study, published in English, of Scholem's thought. Scholem, a historian ofthe Kabbalah and sharp critic of Jewish assimilation, played a major role in the study and popularization of Jewish mysticism.
Through his work on the Kabbalah, Scholem turned the closed world of mystical texts into a force for Jewish identity. Skillfully drawing on Scholem's early diaries and writings, The Father of Jewish Mysticism introduces a young, soon-to-be legendary intellectual in search of himself and Judaism.
Daniel Weidner is Professor of Comparative Literature at Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. He is the author of Bibel und Literatur um 1800 and editor of the Handbuch Literatur und Religion, Blumenberg Lesen: Ein Glossar, and Profanes Leben: Walter Benjamins Dialektik der Säkularisierung.
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