Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography (Studies in by Amir Engel

By Amir Engel

Gershom Scholem (1897–1982) was once ostensibly a pupil of Jewish mysticism, but he occupies a robust position in today’s highbrow mind's eye, having an influential touch with a rare forged of thinkers, together with Hans Jonas, Martin Buber, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, and Theodor Adorno. during this first biography of Scholem, Amir Engel exhibits how Scholem grew from a student of an esoteric self-discipline to a philosopher wrestling with difficulties that extend to the very foundations of the trendy human experience.


As Engel exhibits, in his look for the reality of Jewish mysticism Scholem molded the significant literature of Jewish mystical lore right into a wealthy collection of reports that unveiled new truths concerning the glossy . Positioning Scholem’s paintings and existence inside of early twentieth-century Germany, Palestine, and later the nation of Israel, Engel intertwines Scholem’s biography along with his historiographical paintings, which stretches again to the Spanish expulsion of Jews in 1492, in the course of the lives of Rabbi Isaac Luria and Sabbatai Zevi, and as much as Hasidism and the sunrise of the Zionist circulation. via parallel narratives, Engel touches on a big selection of significant themes together with immigration, exile, Zionism, international battle One, and the construction of the country of Israel, eventually telling the tale of the realizations—and failures—of a dream for a latest Jewish existence.


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