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The Scandal of Kabbalah: Leon Modena, Jewish Mysticism, Early Modern Venice

Yaacob Dweck


This is the first book about the origins of a culture war that began in early modern Europe and continues to this day: the debate between kabbalists and their critics on the nature of Judaism and the meaning of religious tradition. From its medieval beginnings as an esoteric form of Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah spread throughout the early modern world and became a central feature of Jewish life. Scholars have long studied the revolutionary impact of Kabbalah, but, as this book argues, they have misunderstood the character and timing of opposition to it. Drawing on a range of previously unexamine ... More

Keywords: Kabbalah, Jewish life, Ari Nohem, Venetian Jews, Leon Modena, Jewish modernity, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691145082
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691145082.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yaacob Dweck, author
Princeton University