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Mystical Resistance: Uncovering the Zohar's Conversations with Christianity

Ellen D. Haskell


The thirteenth-century Jewish mystical classic Sefer ha-Zohar (The Book of Splendor) took shape against a backdrop of rising anti-Judaism in Spain. Mystical Resistance reveals that in addition to the Zohar’s role as a theological masterpiece, its Kabbalistic teachings offer passionate and knowledgeable critiques of Christian majority culture. During the Zohar’s development, Christian friars implemented new missionizing strategies, forced Jewish attendance at religious disputations, and seized and censored Jewish books. In response, the Kabbalists who composed the Zohar crafted strategically su ... More

Keywords: Kabbalah, Zohar, mysticism, medieval, Spain, resistance literature, Jewish-Christian relations, polemic, art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190600433
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600433.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen D. Haskell, author
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Jewish Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro