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The New Middle Ages

Word and Image in Medieval Kabbalah

Authors: Segol, M.

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The Sefer Yetsirah (the Book of Creation ) is a core text of the early kabbalah, yet scholars have struggled to establish even the most basic facts about the work. This project attempts to discover the ways in which diagrams accompanying the text and its commentaries show trends in the development of the kabbalistic tradition as a whole.

About the authors

Marla Segol is the Fannie Kestenbaum Paull Professor of Jewish Studies The Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage at SUNY University at Buffalo.

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'Segol provides a clearly-written guide through the maze of medieval commentaries and modern academic scholarship surrounding the Sefer Yetsirah. With remarkable lucidity, she introduces us to the mind-set of medieval Jews who sought through Hebrew letter combinations, ritualized dance, and the creation of a golem to alter the earthly and divine realms. Readers interested in a central work of medieval mysticism and Kabbalah will welcome this new methodological approach to Sefer Yetsirah, a central though utterly enigmatic classic. Yet, scholars of Religious Studies, even those not versed in medieval literature, will be rewarded by Segol's use of the medieval texts, diagrams, and commentaries as a means to address the larger issues that have shaped academic scholarship, particularly the issues surrounding magic and religion.' - Jody Myers, California State University, Northridge


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Word and Image in Medieval Kabbalah: Interpreting Diagrams from the Sefer Yetsirah and its Commentaries

    Segol, Marla

    Pages 1-20

  • Situating the Text

    Segol, Marla

    Pages 21-37

  • Genre as Argument in the Sefer Yetsirah: A New Look at Its Literary Structure

    Segol, Marla

    Pages 39-63

  • Thinking in Lines and Circles

    Segol, Marla

    Pages 65-87

  • The Letter forms: How Did He Combine Them?

    Segol, Marla

    Pages 89-104

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Hardcover $100.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Word and Image in Medieval Kabbalah
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-04313-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137043139
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6974-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53143-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 197
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