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The Art of Mystical Narrative: A Poetics of the Zohar

Eitan P. Fishbane


This book studies the Zohar as a work of literature. While the Zohar has long been recognized as a signal achievement of mystical theology, myth, and exegesis, this monograph presents a poetics of zoharic narrative, a morphology of mystical storytelling. Topics examined include mysticism and literature; fiction and pseudepigraphy; diaspora and exile; dramatic monologue and the representation of emotion; voice, gesture, and the theatrics of the zoharic tale; the wandering quest for wisdom; anagnorisis and the poetics of recognition; encounters with the natural world as stimuli for mystical crea ... More

Keywords: Zohar, mysticism, Kabbalah, narrative, poetics, ethics, Iberia, medieval, theology, magical realism, dramatic monologue, gesture, form-criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199948635
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199948635.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eitan P. Fishbane, author
The Jewish Theological Seminary