Kabbalah began modestly as an esoteric lore among a Jewish elite in 12th century Provence. By the end of the 15th century, with the emergence of the Christian Kabbalah in Italy, it had acquired an audience in European intellectual circles.
Gershom Scholem, widely regarded as the founder of modern academic study of the Kabbalah, influenced the likes of Harold Bloom, Umberto Eco, Jacques Derrida and George Steiner, fascinated by its linguistic operations. Introduced by Eduard Shyfrin, author of From Infinity to Man; Professor Moshe Idel, who has been called ‘the most important scholar of Jewish mysticism since Gershom Scholem’ discusses the importance of Kabbalah in modern literature.
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Prof. Moshe Idel, Max Cooper Professor in Jewish Thought, Emeritus, Department of Jewish Thought, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and Senior Researcher at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He received the Israel Prize for Jewish Thought in 1999, the Emmet Prize in 2002, and is member of the Israeli Academy since 2006. Served as visiting Professor at the JTS of America in New York, UCLA, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and College de France. Among his publications are Kabbalah: New Perspectives (Yale UP 1988), Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation (Yale UP 2002), and Ben: Sonship and Jewish Mysticism (Continuum, 2007).