Gershom Scholem  

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Gershom Scholem (December 5, 1897February 21, 1982), also known as Gerhard Scholem, was a Jewish philosopher and historian raised in Germany. He is widely regarded as the modern founder of the scholarly study of Kabbalah, becoming the first Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Selected works in English

  • Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism 1941
  • Jewish Gnosticism, Merkabah Mysticism, and the Talmudic Tradition 1960
  • Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem "Eichmann in Jerusalem: Exchange of Letters between Gershom Scholem and Hannah Arendt", in Encounter 22/1 (1964)
  • The Messianic Idea in Judaism and other Essays on Jewish Spirituality translated 1971
  • Sabbatai Zevi, the Mystical Messiah 1973
  • From Berlin to Jerusalem: Memories of My Youth. Trans. Harry Zohn, 1980.
  • Kabbalah, Meridian 1974, Plume Books 1987 reissue: ISBN 0-452-01007-1
  • Walter Benjamin: the Story of a Friendship. Translated from German by Harry Zohn. New York: Schocken Books, 1981.
  • Origins of the Kabbalah, JPS, 1987 reissue: ISBN 0-691-02047-7
  • On the Mystical Shape of the Godhead : Basic Concepts in the Kabbalah 1997
  • The Fullness of Time: Poems (translated by Richard Sieburth)
  • On Jews and Judaism in Crisis: Selected Essays
  • On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism
  • "Tselem: The Representation of the Astral Body" translated by Scott J. Thompson (1987)
  • Zohar - The Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah (Ed.)


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