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History of Jewish Mysticism
Volume Five

Esoteric Circles in Medieval Germany
The Mystics of the Kalonimus Family


Chapter One: Characteristics of the Circles of Esoteric

I. Between Cathedral and Synagogue
II. Martyrdom and Suicide
III. The Esoteric traditions
IV. Rabbi Aharon ben Samuel of Baghdad
V. The Esoterics and the Christian World
VI. Sources in Medieval Thought
VII. The Significance of Sacred Poetry

Chapter Two: The Circles of Mystics and Esoterics in Medieval Germany

I. "The Pious, The Saint, The Prophet"
II. The Hagiographical Narratives on Rabbi Samuel the Pious
III. Rabbi Judah the Pious, his Life and Works
IV. The "Hasidei Ashkenaz" and the Sefer Hasidim
V. The Introduction of Rabbi Eleazar of Worms to the Book of Wisdom
VI. The Book Arugat ha-Bosem by Rabbi Abraham son of Azriel
VII. The Book Navon
VIII. The Unique Cherub Circle
IX. The Book of Life
X. The Commentators on Ancient Mystical texts

Chapter Three: "The Wisdom of the Nut"

I. The Nut, the Shells and the Celestial Chariot
II. The Book of Angels by Rabbi Judah the Pious
III. The Secret of the Nut in the writings of the Circle of the Unique Cherub
IV. The Nut and the Chariot in the Mussayoff Manuscript
V. The Proto-Kabbalistic Version of the Secret of the Nut

Chapter Four: The Ethical Doctrines of Rabbi Samuel the Pious

I. The Treatises on Worship and Repentance
II. "God Seeks the Heart": Worship motivated by Fear and Love
III. The Treatise on Repentance, Divine Providence and Predestination

Chapter Five: The Unity of God: Prose and Poetic Works

I. The esoteric Address the Public
II. The List of Prose Treatises
III. The Secret of Unity by Rabbi Judah the Pious
IV. Rabbi Judah's Commentary on the Prayer "Aleinu"
V. A Treatise on Unity by Rabbi Eleazar of Worms
VI. A Treatise on Unity from the Fourteenth Century
VII. The Song of Unity: The Problems of Date and Author
VIII. The Song of Unity and Rabbi Moshe of Taku
IX. The Theology of the Song of Unity
X. "Alphabet of Divine Unity"

Chapter Six: "The Gates of Wisdom": The Methodology of Jewish Esotericism

I. A New Phase in the History of Jewish Mysticism and Esotericism
II. The List of the "Gates of Wisdom"
III. The Gates in the works of Rabbi Judah the Pious and Rabbi Eleazar of Worms
IV. The New Conception of Language
V. The Anonymous Commentary on the Torah (Oxford Manuscript 268)

Chapter Seven: The Book of Divine Glory by Rabbi Judah the Pious

I. The Position of the Sefer ha-Kavod in the History of Jewish Mysticism and Esotericism
II. The Oxford Manuscript 1567
III. The Relationship of the Work to Sefer Hasidim
IV. Ms. Oxford and Other Writings by Rabbi Judah
V. Did Rabbi Eleazar of Worms write that Work?
VI. Proving Rabbi Judah's Authorship
VII. Identifying Rabbi Judah's Book of Divine Glory
VIII. The Narrative Framework: The Conversion of an Arab King
IX. A Section from Rabbi Judah's Book of Divine Glory

Chapter Eight: The Development of the Doctrine of the Divine Glory

I. The Transformation of the Conception of God in the End of the Twelfth Century
II. The Development of the Doctrine between the Tenth and Twelfth Centuries: The Sources Cited in Arugat ha-Bosem
III. "There is a Divine Glory above the Divine Glory"

Chapter Nine: The Doctrines of the Essences and the Divine Glory

I. Saadia's Theology: Acceptance and Rejection
II. Essences
III. The Essences of Divine Providence
IV. The Emanated Divine Glory: Rabbi Judah's Commentary on Abraham Ibn Ezra
V. The Debate Concerning the Divine Glory and Revelation

Chapter Ten: The Emergence of the Mystical Prayer

I. "Worship in the Heart"
II. Prayer: Text and Experience
III. Prayer in the Sefer Hasidim
IV. Mystical Prayer: The Ascent of the Crown in a Pseudo-Hay Treatise
V. The Treatise "The Secrets of the Prayer"
VI. Mystical Prayer in the Work of Rabbi Judah the Pious

Chapter Eleven: Angelology, Providence and the Celestial Realms

I. The Place of Angelology in the History of Jewish Mysticism and Esotericism
II. "The Book of the Angels"
III. The Angels Serving Divine Providence
IV. Angels and Attendants
V. The Archangels in the Celestial Realms
VI. Glory and Splendor

Chapter Twelve: Demonology and Magic in the Concept of the World of the Mystics

I. The Unique Conception of Evil in the Kalonymus Circle
II. Dangers, Warnings and Prohibitions
III. "A Witch that Devours Children"
IV. Between the World of the Dead and the World of the Living
V. The Esoterics as Masters of the Holy Name

Chapter Thirteen: The Conception of the Natural World: Miraculous Phenomena

I. "How Can the Heart Believe?"
II. The Message of the Demonic realm: "The Princes of Thumb and Glass"
III. The Treatise Zekher Asa le-Nifleotav
IV. Creation of the World According to Rabbi Judah the Pious
V. The Nature of the World According to Sefer ha-Kavod

Chapter Fourteen: Messianism, Apocalypse and the Resurrection

I. The Attitude Towards Eschatology and Messianic Prophecies
II. Messianism in the Sefer Hasidim
III. Resurrection and Eschatology in Rabbi Eleazar's Hochmat ha-Nefesh
IV. The End of Days In Moshe Taku's Ketav Tamim
V. Apocalyptic and Resurrection
VI. Life in the Era of redemption

Chapter Fifteen: Moshe Taku's Ketav Tamim and his Criticism of the Esoterics

I. Rabbi Moshe Taku and his Ketav Tamim
II. Who did Taku Criticize?
III. The Ways of Divine Revelation
IV. Divine Immanence
V. The Purpose of the Polemics
VI. Ketav Tamim in the Book Arugat ha-Bosem

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