Old Worlds, New Mirrors

In Old Worlds, New Mirrors Moshe Idel turns his gaze on figures as diverse as Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida, Franz Kafka and Franz Rosenzweig, Arnaldo Momigliano and Paul Celan, Abraham Heschel and George Steiner to reflect on their relationships to Judaism in a cosmopolitan, mostly European, context.

Old Worlds, New Mirrors
On Jewish Mysticism and Twentieth-Century Thought

Moshe Idel

2009 | 336 pages | Cloth $59.95 | Paper $26.50
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Table of Contents

Preface	
Introduction

I. INTELLECTUAL CONCEPTUALIZATIONS OF JUDAISM
1. Arnaldo Momigliano and Gershom Scholem on Jewish History and Tradition
2. Eric Voegelin's Israel and Revelation
3. George Steiner: A Prophet of Abstraction

II. SCHOLEM'S CONCEPTUALIZATIONS OF KABBALAH
4. The Function of Symbols in Gershom Scholem
5. Hieroglyphs, Mysteries, Keys: Scholem Between Molitor and Kafka
6. Subversive Catalysts: Gnosticism and Messianism in Scholem's View of Jewish Mysticism

III. KABBALAH IN SOME TWENTIETH-CENTURY THINKERS
7. Franz Rosenzweig and Kabbalah
8. Abraham Abulafia, Gershom Scholem, and Walter Benjamin on Language
9. Jacques Derrida and Kabbalistic Sources
10. Paul Celan's "Psalm": A Revelation Toward Naught

IV. UNDERSTANDING HASIDISM
11. Martin Buber and Gershom Scholem on Hasidism
12. Abraham Heschel on Mysticism and Hasidism
13. White Letters: From R. Levi Isaac of Berdichev to Postmodern Hermeneutics

List of Abbreviations and Sources
Notes
Index