Mysticism and Language by Steven T. Katz

By Steven T. Katz

It is a number of unique essays designed to proceed and extend the groundbreaking dialogue all started in Katz's past collections, Mysticism and Philosophical research (OUP 1979) and Mysticism and spiritual Traditions (OUP 1984). The book of the sooner volumes verified Katz as a number one authority on mysticism and a massive determine within the learn of comparative faith, and his method of the topic has been either influential and arguable. all of the ten essays incorporated in Mysticism and Language analyzes the connection among language and mystical event in a single of the world's nice non secular traditions. The essays are through the various most efficient specialists within the box, together with Ninian clever, William Alston, Moshe Idel, Bernard McGinn, Carl Ernst, Ewert Cousins, Steven Katz, Bernard Faure, Stephen Phillips, and Bimal Matilal.

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203-36. For additional material of importance and a disagreement with Scholem's view, consult Isaiah Tishby, Mishnat Ha-Zohar (in Hebrew) (Jerusalem, 1961), vol. 2, pp. 301 6 - now available in an excellent English translation: The Wisdom 0/ the Zohar, ed. David Goldstein (Oxford, 1989), vol. 3, pp. 994-98 - and Moshe Idel and Bernard McGinn, eds. , Mystical Union and Monotheistic Faith, an Ecumenical Dialogue (New York, 1989). 90. Another kabbalistic term for the Eyn So/that literally means "Noth­ ingness," though, as noted above, this Nothingness carries a positive meta­ physical status.

18 Again, it would be unreasonable to assume that these letters entered into the physical constitution of the creation; they are, apparently, the creative forces that served God, rather than the basic elements of the universe. Also, in this description the pronunciation of the divine name is not implied. The next important theory of linguistic creation, seemingly the Reification 0/ Language in Jewish Mysticism 47 most influential one, argues that the actual pronunciation of the creational words, mentioned in Genesis 1 , explains the account of creation.

82. Mystical Speech and Mystical Meaning 41 83. Plotinus, Enneads, bk. V, tractate 2. 1 , trans. Stephen McKenna (London, 1917-1930). 84. Plotinus, Enneads, bk. V, tractate 5 . 5 . 8 5 . Azriel o f Gerona, Perush Eser Se/irot, "Explanation of the Ten Sefirot," found as a prolegomenon to Meir Ibn Gabbai, Se/er Derekh Emunah (Warsaw, 1850), pp. 3-9. 86. Scholem, Kabbalah, p. 98. 87. Zohar I, 241a. 88. Moses de Leon, Seier Ha-Rimmon, quoted in Scholem, Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, pp. 223, 402, n.

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