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Reading the Idrot

Pinchas Giller

in Reading the Zohar

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195118490
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848874 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118490.003.0007
Reading the Idrot

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This chapter details the central hermeneutical strategies pursued by some of the Safed kabbalists, who read the Idrot in such a way as to reinforce and underscore their special myth. Emphasis is given to the contribution of Isaac Luria, who combined the creation traditions in chapter 3 with the anthropomorphism of the Idrot, making particular use of the latter text's allusions to a primordial catastrophe invoked through the Torah's mysterious allusions to the deaths of the kings of Edom. Through the melding of these two traditions, Luria developed his theology of divine withdrawal and chaos.

Keywords: Safed kabbalists; Idrot; Isaac Luria; Torah

Chapter.  10271 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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