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Scriptural ExegesisThe Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane$
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Deborah A. Green and Laura S. Lieber

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.001.0001

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On angels and biblical exegesis in thirteenth‐century Ashkenaz

On angels and biblical exegesis in thirteenth‐century Ashkenaz

(p.211) 13 On angels and biblical exegesis in thirteenth‐century Ashkenaz
Scriptural Exegesis

Moshe Idel

Oxford University Press

This chapter continues the theme of esoteric interpretation, considering the Ashkenazic cultural context. The traditions of the Hasidei Ashkenaz, which often build upon the earlier rabbinic traditions of Heikhalot mysticism, emphasize such tools as the use of gematria and the invocation of angelic names, which sets them apart from contemporaneous kabbalistic and philosophical modes of exegesis. Through the delineation of the continuity of tradition from the ancient Near East to medieval German Jewry, the chapter echoes the broad time-span that unifies Fishbane's work on ancient myth and later mythmaking.

Keywords:   Hasidei Ashkenaz, Heikhalot mysticism, rabbinic traditions, Ashkenazic cultural context, Hasidei Ashkenaz, gematria

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