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The Art of Mystical Narrative: A Poetics of the Zohar

Eitan P. Fishbane
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
Language
English
ISBN
9780199948635, 0199948631, 9780190885489, 0190885483
Summary
"In the study of Judaism, the Zohar has captivated the minds of interpreters for over seven centuries, and continues to entrance readers in the modern day. Yet despite these centuries of study, very little attention has been devoted to the literary dimensions of the text, to formal appreciation of its status as one of the great works of religious literature. The Art of Mystical Narrative offers a critical approach to the Zohar story, seeking to explore the interplay between fictional discourse and mystical exegesis. Eitan Fishbane argues that the narrative must be understood first and foremost as a work of the fictional imagination, a representation of a world and reality invented by the thirteenth century authors of the text. He claims that the text functions as a kind of dramatic literature, one in which the power of revealing mystical secrets is demonstrated and performed for the reading audience. The Art of Mystical Narrative offers a fresh, interdisciplinary perspective on the intersections of literary and religious studies"--
Description
xiii, 520 pages ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-464) and indexes.
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