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Mystifying Kabbalah: Academic Scholarship, National Theology, and New Age Spirituality

Boaz Huss


The book offers a study of the genealogy of the concept of “Jewish mysticism.” It examines the major developments in the academic study of Jewish mysticism and its impact on modern Kabbalistic movements in the contexts of Jewish nationalism and New Age spirituality. Its central argument is that Jewish mysticism is a modern discursive construct and that the identification of Kabbalah and Hasidism as forms of mysticism, which appeared for the first time in the nineteenth century and became prevalent since the early twentieth, shaped the way in which Kabbalah and Hasidism are perceived and studie ... More

Keywords: Jewish mysticism, Gershom Scholem, Martin Buber, contemporary Kabbalah, Kabbalah research, New Age Kabbalah, neo-Hasidism, occult Kabbalah, modern Kabbalah

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190086961
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190086961.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Boaz Huss, author
Aron Bernstein Chair in Jewish History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev