Peter Schäfer: The Origins of Jewish Mysticism

Discussion with the Author, Christoph Markschies, and Micha Brumlik (audio recording available, in German)

What is Jewish mysticism before the Kabbalah? Peter Schäfer, Professor of Judaic Studies at Princeton University, has written the first comprehensive history of early Jewish mysticism from the biblical book of Ezekiel to the so-called chariot mysticism at the end of the first millennium.

Schäfer has thus closed a research gap in his consideration of the Hebrew Bible, the apocalyptic literature, the Qumran sect, Philo of Alexandria, and rabbinic literature. Furthermore, the book considers the teachings on the ancient human desire to get close to God.

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Audio recording of the talk by Peter Schäfer, Christoph Markschies, and Micha Brumlik, in German; Jewish Museum Berlin 2012

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  • When25 Jun 2012
  • Where Jewish Museum Berlin
    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
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