Jewish Gnosticism, Merkabah Mysticism, and Talmudic Tradition: Based on the Israel Goldstein Lectures, Delivered at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York
New York: The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1965. Second improved edition. Hardcover. Octavo. (viii) 136 pp. Original brown cloth boards with gilt lettering and ruling on cover and spine. The second and "improved" edition of this publication, comprising the important series of lectures on early Jewish mysticism originially given by the great scholar Gershom Scholem at Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 1957.
Includes text on the Pardes, Shiur Komah, and the angels Metatron and Akatriel. Scholem famously argued that later medieval Jewish kabbalah was heavily influenced by the Gnostic tradition. Here he works to forge links between Gnosticism and the Rabbinic Hakhaloth literature. Text in English, with "Ma'aseh Merkabah", an unpublished Merkabah text in Hebrew comprising appendix C and "Mishnath Shir ha-Shirim", by Professor Saul Lieberman in Hebrew as appendix D (pages 103-26). Four appendicies total. Binding with very light wear along edges. Very good+ condition. Item #51523