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Mirror of His Beauty

Feminine Images of God from the Bible to the Early Kabbalah

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Mirror of His Beauty by Peter Schafer
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In this beautifully realized study, Peter Schafer investigates the origins of a female manifestation of God in Jewish mysticism. The search itself is a fascinating exploration of the idea of a feminine divinity. And Schafer's surprising but persuasive conclusions yield deeper understanding of the complex but frequently intimate relationship between Christianity and Judaism - and of the development of religious concepts more generally. In proposing that the medieval cult of Mary - rather than eastern Gnosticism - is the appropriate framework for understanding the feminine elements in Jewish mysticism, Mirror of His Beauty represents a sea change in Kabbalah and Jewish-Christian cultural studies.

Author Biography

Peter Schafer is Professor of Religion and Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies at Princeton University as well as University Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Institut fur Judaistik at Freie Universitat Berlin. His last book was "Judeophobia: Attitudes toward the Jews in the Ancient World".
Release date NZ
September 27th, 2004
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
15 halftones. 1 line illus.
Imprint
Princeton University Press
Pages
328
Dimensions
152x229x20
ISBN-13
9780691119809
Product ID
2019772

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