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History of Jewish Mysticism and Esotericism
Volume Nine:
Kabbalists in Spain in the Thirteenth Century

Contents:

Chapter One: The Cohen Brothers: The Historical Problem

1. "Gnostics"?
2. The Writings of Rabbi Jacob ha-Cohnen
3. The Writings of Rabbi Isaac ha-Cohen
4. The Writings of Rabbi Moshe of Burgos
5. Rabbi Tudros ben Joseph Abulafia
6. The Tractate Shimusha Rabba: Demonology, Magic and the Powers of Evil

Chapter Two: The Commentary on the Alphabet by Rabbi Jacob ha-Cohen

1. The Role of the Letters in the Celestial Realm
2. The Letter beth and the Secret of Creation
3. The Chariot, the "Beast Named Israel" and Metatron
4. Prayer, Humility and the Powers of the Celestial Chariot

Chapter Three: The Secrets of the Chariot, the Holy Names and Metatron in the Works of Rabbi Jacob ha-Cohen

1. The Role of the Chariot in the Teachings of the Cohen Brothers
2. The Commentary on the Chariot, the Secret of the Torah and the Holy Name
3. The Secrets of Metatron in Sefer ha-Orah by Rabby Jacob ha-Cohen
4. The Name shaddai in Rabbi Jacobs Commentary on the Book of Creation

Chapter Four: The Tractate on the Emanations on the Left by Rabbi Isaac ha-Cohen

1. The System of the Divine Powers of Evil
2. The Emanation on the Right
3. Creation and the Emanations on the Left
4. The Universe and the Demonic Powers
5. The "Air" of Prophecy and the Realm of the Demons
6. The Roots of Evil and the Range of the Dualistic Struggle
7. Adam, Samael and Lilith
8. The Wars of the Messiah

Chapter Five: The Musical Signs, the Signs of Vocalization and the Chariot in the Writings of Rabbi Isaac ha-Cohen

1. The Concepts of Evil and Redemption in Rabbi Isaac's Commentary of the Musical Signs
2. The Signs, the Divine Powers and the Messianic Age
3. The Commentary on the Vocalization Signs and the Divine Realm
4. Rabbi Isaac's Commentary on the Chariot
5. The Vision of the Chariot and the Process of Prophecy
6. The Secrets of the Rainbow, the Nogah, Sandalfon and the Active Intellect

Chapter Six: The Tractate on the Left Pillar by Rabbi Moshe of Burgos

1. The Introduction: Theodicy and the Denial of an Independent Power of Evil
2. The Supreme Divine Powers on the Left
3. The Image of the Satanic Power
4. Samael, Lilith and their Cohorts
5. Paradise, the Snake and the Sin
6. The realm of Lilith
7. Under the Influence of the Pillar on the Left: Sin and Redemption

Chapter Seven: The Secrets of the Chariot and the Holy Names by Rabbi Moshe of Burgos

1. The Commentary on the Name of 42 Letters
2. The Secret of the Blessing and the Sin of the Princess
3. The Meanings of the Holy Names and their Magical Powers
4. Divine Reveation to the Prophets
5. The Prophetic Visions: The Commentary on Zacharia
6. The Chariot, the Divine Powers and the Earthly Realms

Chapter Eight: The Kabbalah of Rabbi Tudros Abulafia

1. Abulafia's Shaar ha-Razim and the Role of Esoteric Tradition
2. The Divine Powers, the Chariot and Human Beings
3. The Concept of Languge and the Cosmic Struggle Between Good and Evil
4. The Problem of the Origin of Evil
5. The Concept of the Human Soul in Shaar ha-Razim

Chapter Nine: Rabbi Abraham of Colon's Sefer Keter Shem Tov

1. The Theology and the Problem of Source of Authority in Rabbi Abraham's Work
2. The Letters of the Holy Name
3. The Commentary on the System of the Divine :Powers
4. Between the Divine and the Earthly realms

Chapter Ten: The Teachings of Rabbi Isaac Ibn Latif

1. Between Kabbalah and Philosophy
2. The Attitude Towards Philosophy
3. The Influence of the Ismaiilia

Chapter Eleven: The Place of Abraham Abulafia in the History of Jewish Esoteric Thought

1. Abulafia and the Scholars of his Generation
2. His Life, Writings, Disciples and Opponents
3. The Visionary and Messianic Autobiography
4. Abulafia in Modern Scholarship
5. The Messianic Element in Abulafia's Life and Work
6. Prophetic Kabbalah vs. Tradtional Kabbalah
7. Abulafia's Voyage to Rome
8. Non-Jewish Sources to Abulafia's Ecstatic Kabbalah
9. Abulafia, Joachim of Fiore and Ibn el Arabi
10. Abulafia's Conceptions of the Hebrew Language, Christianity and Islam
11. Language: Letters, Numbers and Words

Chapter Twelve: Abulafia's Works

1. The Uniqeness of Abulafia's Writings
2. His Exegetical Works
3. The Early Treatises
4. The Main Theological Works
5. Abulafia's Last Work: Imrey Shefer
6. The Epistle on the Seven Paths of the Torah

Chapter Thirteen: Abulafia's Conceptions of the Creation and the realm of the Chariot

1. The Work of Genesis and the Eternity of the Universe
2. Apocalyptic and Merkabah Traditions
3. Abulafia's Response to the Criticism of the RASHBA
4. The Conception of the Divine Sefirot

Chapter Fourteen: The Prophetic Works and the Apocalyptic and Messianic Visions

1. Eschatology of the Soul and Resurrection
2. The Book Melitz
3. From Exile to Redemption
4. The Revelation of the Holy Name of 42 Letters
5. The Books Ish Adam and Brith

Chapter Fifteen: The Last Prophetic Works

1. Sefer ha-Edut: After the Voyage to Rome
2. Apocalyptic Visions
3. Sefer ha-Yashar
4. Sefer ha-Haftarah: Conclusion of the Prophetic Cycle of Works
5. The End: Hotam ha-Haftarah

Chapter Sixteen: Sefer ha-Ot, The Enigmatic Visions

1. Two Strata of Meaning
2. Two Apocalyptic Visions
3. The Vision of the Final Redemption

Chapter Seventeen: The Mystical Experience in Shaarey Zedek

1. Shaarey Zedek by Rabbi Nathan ben Saadia
2. The First Stage: Studying
3. The Way of the Names and the Mystical Experience


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