Studies in Modern Religions, Religious Movements and the by Moshe Sharon

By Moshe Sharon

During this booklet top students give a contribution complete stories of the spiritual events within the overdue 18th and nineteenth centuries: the Hassidic hobbies in Judaism, the Mormon faith, in Christianity, and the Bābī-Bahā'ī faiths in Shī'te Islam. The experiences, brought through the editor's research of the underlying universal resource of this non secular job, lead the reader right into a wealthy international of messianism, millenniarism and eschatological proposal fueling the serious glossy advancements within the 3 significant monotheistic religions.

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9 The view of the Tzaddiq as supplying sustenance. 10 Joseph Dan, Jewish Mysticism and Jewish Ethics, (Washington University Press, Seattle and London, 1986), p. 115 and see also ibidem p. 117, and Mor Altshuler, The Messianic Secret of Hasidism, (Haifa University Press, Zemora-Beitan, 2002), p. 170 (Hebrew). The “discovery” of the Sabbatean source of the Hasidic theory of Tzaddiq—found in my opinion already in Cordovero—was conceived by scholars to be simple, but such a crucial issue has never been done and remained therefore, a pure hypothesis upon which a fascinating and, in my opinion, fantastic piece of historiography has been built.

Without the dot it can easily be regarded as a lying, or horizontal alef. It does not require much imagination to see how this simple orthographical fact could assume mystical significance. The vertical alef which stands like a wall preventing the penetration of sight or thought either way, the One secret divine essence, which does not allow any apprehension of anything that is “before” or “after,” becomes a flat basis, an open route, a straight line which leads backwards and forwards. In other words, the vertical alef, which 30   points to the unfathomable Up and unfathomable Down, when turned horizontally, becomes the revealed bà": not reality in a physical sense but the reality of the otherwise unknown, divine essence.

Book of Mormon. Translated by Joseph Smith, Jun. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City, Utah. BT = Babylonian Talmud. al-Bùnì, A˙mad b. 'Alì. 1985. Shams al-Ma'àrif al-Kubrà wa-La†à"if al-'Awàrif. Beirut, al-Maktabah ash-Sha'biyyah. I. 1994. ” Studia Islamica, 80:1–23. ———. 1998. Modernity and the Millennium: The Genesis of the Bahà"ì Faith in NineteenthCentury Middle East. New York, Columbia University Press. Croce, B. 1934. History of Europe in the Nineteenth Century.

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