Gershom Scholem Bibliography Mla

Produced during a career that spanned six decades, Scholem’s oeuvre comprised 579 published items as of 1977, including Catane 1977. Scholem 1954, a series of lectures later turned into a book, is his most important overview of the history of the Kabbalah. His other masterpiece was Scholem 1973, his biography of Sabbatai Sevi. His many essays have been collected in English in Scholem 1965, Scholem 1971, and Scholem 1997; in Hebrew in Scholem 1976a; and in German in Scholem 1963–1984. Scholem 1976b collects essays by Scholem related especially to other German Jewish thinkers.

  • Catane, Mochè, comp. Bibliography of the Writings of Gershom G. Scholem. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1977.

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    Published five years before Scholem’s death and therefore missing items from both those years and from his Nachlass. Particularly valuable for obscure writings from his early years.

  • Scholem, Gershom. Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism. 3d ed. New York: Schocken, 1954.

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    Scholem’s lectures delivered at the Jewish Institute of Religion in 1938 cover a general definition of Jewish mysticism, hekhalot mysticism in the rabbinic period, Abraham Abulafia, two chapters on the authorship and content of the Sefer ha-Zohar, Lurianic Kabbalah, Sabbatianism, and Hasidism. Still the most important general work on Kabbalah.

  • Scholem, Gershom. Judaica. 4 vols. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1963–1984.

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    Many of Scholem’s most important philosophical and historiographical essays written originally in German.

  • Scholem, Gershom. On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism. Translated by Ralph Manheim. New York: Schocken, 1965.

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    A companion volume to Scholem 1976b, with essays on religious authority and mysticism, the meaning of Torah in Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah and myth, and Kabbalistic ritual and the Golem.

  • Scholem, Gershom. The Messianic Idea in Judaism and Other Essays on Jewish Spirituality. New York: Schocken, 1971.

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    In addition to the canonical title essay, contains Scholem’s pathbreaking study of Sabbatianism, “Redemption through Sin,” as well as other essays on Sabbatianism. Includes the philosophically important “Revelation and Tradition as Religious Ideas in Judaism” and two essays on Hasidism.

  • Scholem, Gershom. Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah. Translated by R. J. Zvi Werblowsky. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1973.

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    Scholem’s monumental biography of the 17th-century messiah and the movement that he led. The fruits of a whole career of scholarship.

  • Scholem, Gershom. Devarim be-go: Pirke morashah u-tehiya. 2 vols. Edited by Avraham Shapira. Tel Aviv: Am Oved, 1976a.

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    A collection of Scholem’s essays, many written originally in Hebrew and some translated from German.

  • Scholem, Gershom. On Jews and Judaism in Crisis. Edited by Werner Dannhauser. New York: Schocken, 1976b.

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    Essays on German-Jewish relations, Martin Buber, S. Y. Agnon, Walter Benjamin, and Hannah Arendt.

  • Scholem, Gershom. On the Possibility of Jewish Mysticism in Our Time, and Other Essays. Edited by Avraham Shapira. Translated by Jonathan Chipman. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1997.

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    Mostly ephemeral writings, but includes the first translation of Scholem’s frontal attack in 1944 on the 19th-century school of Jewish historians. Also includes reflections on how he came to study Kabbalah, as well as the title essay.

  • Gershom Scholem (1897–1982) was ostensibly a scholar of Jewish mysticism, yet he occupies a powerful role in today’s intellectual imagination, having an influential contact with an extraordinary cast of thinkers, including Hans Jonas, Martin Buber, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, and Theodor Adorno. In this first biography of Scholem, Amir Engel shows how Scholem grew from a scholar of an esoteric discipline to a thinker wrestling with problems that reach to the very foundations of the modern human experience.
    As Engel shows, in his search for the truth of Jewish mysticism Scholem molded the vast literature of Jewish mystical lore into a rich assortment of stories that unveiled new truths about the modern condition. Positioning Scholem’s work and life within early twentieth-century Germany, Palestine, and later the state of Israel, Engel intertwines Scholem’s biography with his historiographical work, which stretches back to the Spanish expulsion of Jews in 1492, through the lives of Rabbi Isaac Luria and Sabbatai Zevi, and up to Hasidism and the dawn of the Zionist movement. Through parallel narratives, Engel touches on a wide array of important topics including immigration, exile, Zionism, World War One, and the creation of the state of Israel, ultimately telling the story of the realizations—and failures—of a dream for a modern Jewish existence.

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