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Classics of Jewish Spirituality (15 vols.)

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Classics of Western Spirituality

Overview

Deepen your knowledge of later Jewish thought with these important works by historically influential Hebrew scholars. This collection contains treasured mystical, theological, and philosophical works from within Judaism, beginning with Philo of Alexandria’s thought in the first century to later writing of prominent nineteenth-century Italian Rabbi, Elijah Benamozegh and that of twentieth-century Palestinian Rabbi, Abraham Isaac Kook. Enrich your understanding of Hasidic Judaism with works by Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl, and Hillel Zeitlin.

Trace the history of earlier Jewish mysticism with The Early Kabbalah and Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment. These highly influential examples of Jewish mystical beliefs about God and the universe were compared to (and often diverged from) the Talmud beginning in the thirteenth century AD. The Talmud: Selected Writings is also included, and provides the reader with primary source documents from Babylonian and Palestinian schools of Jewish thought dating from the Amoriac period. Explore the development and evolution of Jewish religious belief over time with this carefully curated collection of key resources.

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Key Features

  • Studies the development and influence of historical Jewish theology
  • Gathers writings from several different Jewish schools of thought
  • Includes Philo’s writing on first-century Jewish philosophy and worship

Product Details

Individual Titles

Abraham Isaac Kook

  • Author: Abraham Isaac Kook
  • Translator: Ben Zion Bokser
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1978
  • Pages: 448

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The chief Rabbi of Palestine prior to the establishment of the state of Israel, Abraham Isaac Kook (1865–1935) represents the renewal of the Jewish mystical tradition in modern times.

Abraham Miguel Cardozo: Selected Writings

  • Author: Abraham Miguel Cardozo
  • Translator: David J. Halperin
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 448

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This volume contains the story, mainly told in his own words, of Abraham Miguel Cardozo (1627–1706), a seventeenth-century Jew raised as a Catholic, who combined his rabbinic learning, his Catholic training and a budding awareness of Eastern religions into a remarkable theory of comparative religion.

Elijah Benamozegh: Israel and Humanity

  • Author: Elijah Benamozegh
  • Editor: Maxwell Luria
  • Translator: Maxwell Luria
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 464

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This volume consists of the first English translation of Israel and Humanity, the work that constitutes a synthesis of the religious thought of Elijah Benamozegh (1823–1900), a nineteenth-century Italian rabbi, theologian, philosopher, and kabbalist.

Hasidic Spirituality of a New Era: The Religious Writings of Hillel Zeitlin

  • Author: Hillel Zeitlin
  • Editor: Arthur Green
  • Translator: Arthur Green
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 256

A preeminent scholar of Jewish thought and spirituality presents the first-ever English translation of selected writings of the Hasidic martyr of the Warsaw Ghetto, Hillel Zeitlin (1871–1942).

Isaiah Horowitz: The Generations of Adam

  • Author: Isaiah Horowitz
  • Editor: Miles Krassen
  • Translator: Miles Krassen
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 464

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This volume consists of the first English translation of a seventeenth-century classic of Jewish literature that deals with many of the most important issues addressed by Kabbalists since the late twelfth century. Isaiah Horowitz (1570–1626) served as rabbi of several of the most important European Jewish communities before becoming Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of Jerusalem in 1621.

Jewish Mystical Autobiographies: The Book of Visions and the Book of Secrets

  • Translator: Morris M. Faierstein
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 384

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This volume consists of the first English translations of the autobiographical works of two important and influential Jewish mystics. In The Book of Visions, Rabbi Hayyim Vital (1542–1620), foremost disciple of R. Isaac Luria, describes his mystical experiences in great detail. In The Book of Secrets, Rabbi Yizhak Isaac Safrin of Komarno (1806–1874) recounts incidents in his life and visionary experiences.

Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl: Upright Practices, the Light of the Eyes

  • Author: Menahem Nahum
  • Translator: Arthur Green
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1982
  • Pages: 304

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Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl (1730–1797) was rabbi of Chernobyl, near Kiev, in Ukraine. He was part of the Hasidic movement that played a key role in the history of eastern European Jewry. Upright Practices is a devotional manual of personal practices. The Light of the Eyes is a collection of homilies based on the Book of Genesis.

Nahman of Bratslav: The Tales

  • Author: Nahman of Bratslav
  • Translator: Arnold Band
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 340

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The fascinating sacred tales of Rabbi Nahman (1772–1810) are presented to the world in the most authentic translations ever accomplished.

Philo of Alexandria: The Contemplative Life, Giants, and Selections.

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Editor: David Winston
  • Translator: David Winston
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1980
  • Pages: 448

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Available for the first time in one volume is the basic vision of Philo, the greatest Jewish mystic, philosopher, and theologian of the Greco-Roman period. This anthology allows Philo to speak in his own words, and opens the door to further explore his writings. This volume includes Philo’s The Contemplative Life, The Giants, and selections from the other treatises are presented by theme.

Philo of Alexandria (20 BC–50 AD) was a Jewish philosopher who lived in Roman-ruled Egypt. He was educated in Hellenistic, Roman, and Ancient Egyptian culture and Judaic tradition. Philo recorded the atrocities committed against the Jews, largely by the Roman governor, Flaccus. His theological and philosophical writings used allegorical exegesis to unite Greek Stoic philosophy with Jewish philosophy. His work had a profound influence on the early Church Fathers. His works are collected in the Works of Philo collection.

Rabbinic Stories

  • Translator: Jeffery L. Rubenstein
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 352

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This volume contains stories from the main works of classical rabbinic literature, which were produced by Jewish sages in either Hebrew or Aramaic, between 200 and 600 AD.

Safed Spirituality: Rules of Mystical Piety, The Beginning of Wisdom

  • Translator: Lawrence Fine
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1984
  • Pages: 224

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This volume portrays aspects of the rich literature that developed in Safed, a Galilean city and one of the great centers of Jewish creativity, in the sixteenth century.

The Classic Midrash: Tannaitic Commentaries on the Bible

  • Translator: Reuven Hammer
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 576

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This volume includes commentary and interpretation of Scripture taken from the early rabbinic masters, the Tannaim, along with a running explanation of their theological, literary and historical importance. The editing of the Tannaitic Midrashim took place in the land of Israel in the fourth to fifth centuries AD. This book is translated by Reuven Hammer, author of the manual to Jewish feasts and festivals, Entering the High Holy Days.

The Early Kabbalah

  • Editor: Joseph Dan
  • Translator: Ronald C. Kiener
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1986
  • Pages: 224

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This volume contains previously unavailable texts, including The Book Bahir and the writings of the Iyyum circle that were written during the first 100 years of this movement that was to become the most important current in Jewish mysticism. This movement began in the late twelfth century among Rabbinic Judaism in southern Europe.

The Talmud: Selected Writings

  • Translator: Ben Zion Bokser
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 288

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This volume sheds light on the early rabbis as shapers of religion and uncovers for the modern reader the early sages’ fundamental beliefs concerning God, the world, and the human condition.

Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment

  • Author: Moses de León
  • Translator: Daniel Chanan Matt
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1983
  • Pages: 336

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This volume contains the first translation with commentary of selections from The Zohar, the major text of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. This work was written in thirteenth-century Spain by Moses de León, a Spanish scholar.