As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval by Eitan P. Fishbane

By Eitan P. Fishbane

As mild earlier than sunrise explores the paranormal considered Isaac ben Samuel of Akko, an enormous medieval kabbalist whose paintings has in the past got really little recognition. via attention of an in depth literary corpus, together with a lot that also continues to be in manuscript, this learn examines an array of subject matters and questions that experience nice applicability to the comparative research of mysticism and the wider research of faith. those contain prayer and the character of mystical adventure; meditative focus directed to God; and the facility of psychological purpose, authority, creativity, and the transmission of knowledge.

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It was against this background and in this milieu that Isaac of Akko lived the first part of his life, and his subsequent eclectic method of tradition collection was no doubt shaped by the significantly heterogeneous character of his city of origin. manidean Kabbalah, had received oral instruction from masters of Jewish-Sufi piety, and was evidently very close to the front lines in the battle over Maimonidean philosophy (through his close connection to Solomon Petit). Owing to its centrality as a political and commercial crossroads for the Crusaders, Akko functioned as an intellectual crossroads for Jewish scholars and pietists of the time.

P. 43. 7. See Prawer, History of the Jews, p. 260. 8. See Jacoby, “Montmusard, Suburb of Crusader Akko,” pp. 211–214. 9 Jewish Social, Religious, and Intellectual Life in Akko The factors noted above also seem to have shaped the growth of a substantial Jewish community within Crusader Akko. 10 Beginning in the earlier part of the thirteenth century, Akko was also the destination and place of settlement of successive waves of immigration from Jewish communities in France. These first émigrés, who arrived in Akko between 1209 and 1211, consisted of some of the most eminent Jewish scholars from Ashkenaz at the time—tosafists (rabbis who wrote glossses on the Talmud) among whom were the well-known Rabbi Samson of Sens and his disciples.

Ar H . ayyim (on the dating of this work by Goldreich, see below). ar H . ayyim—indeed, the two books are markedly different in this regard. ar H . 65 Isaac’s term the Middle of the 13th Century Until 1492”); Baer, A History of the Jews in Christian Spain (Hebrew version), p. 614 (map appended to the very end of the book). 63. See Goldreich, “Notes to Me’irat ‘Einayim,” p. 361. Goldreich also notes (p. 362) that Isaac of Akko surprisingly refers to David ha-Kohen as ‫—גדול דורו‬a designation usually reserved in Me’irat ‘Einayim for the RaShBA.

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