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Renaissance and rebirth [electronic resource] : reincarnation in early modern Italian kabbalah / by Brian Ogren.

Author/Creator:
Ogren, Brian.
Publication:
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2009.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (332 p.)
Series:
Studies in Jewish history and culture ; v. 24.
Studies in Jewish history and culture, 1568-5004 ; v. 24
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Subjects:
Transmigration -- Judaism.
Reincarnation -- Judaism.
Future life -- Judaism.
Soul -- Judaism.
Cabala.
Renaissance -- Italy.
Philosophy, Medieval.
Jewish philosophy.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Metempsychosis was a prominent element in Renaissance conceptualizations of the human being, the universe, and the place of the human person in the universe. A variety of concepts emerged in debates about metempsychosis: human to human reincarnation, human to vegetal, human to animal, and human to angelic transmigration. As a complex and changing doctrine, metempsychosis gives us a well-placed window for viewing the complex and dynamic contours of Jewish thought in late fifteenth century Italy; as such, it enables us to evaluate Jewish thought in relation to non-Jewish Italian developments. This book addresses the problematic question of the roles and achievements of Jews who lived in Italy in the development of Renaissance culture in its Jewish and its Christian dimensions.
Contents:
Metempsychosis, philosophy and Kabbalah : the debate in Candia
The extra-debatal literature of Candia and questions of Identity
Philosophical and mystical possibilities of metempsychosis : Isaac Abarbanel
Spanish and Italian conceptions of metempsychosis in Judah Hayyat
Elia Hayyim ben Binyamin of Genazzano, Prisca Theologia, and the two ancient paths to metempsychosis
Unity and diversity in Gilgul : Yohanan Alemanno
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and the allegorical veridicality of transmigration
Marsilio Ficino, circularity and rebirth.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1-282-60286-1
9786612602863
90-474-4481-7
OCLC:
609857267
Publisher Number:
10.1163/ej.9789004177642.i-322 DOI