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Scrolls of LoveRuth and the Song of Songs$
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Peter S. Hawkins and Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225712

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225712.001.0001

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Intradivine Romance: The Song of Songs in the Zohar

Intradivine Romance: The Song of Songs in the Zohar

(p.214) Intradivine Romance: The Song of Songs in the Zohar
Scrolls of Love

Arthur Green

Fordham University Press

The Zohar is the great medieval Jewish compendium of mysticism, myth, and esoteric teaching. It may be considered the greatest work of Jewish literary imagination in the Middle Ages. Without doubt, it constitutes one of the most important bodies of religious texts of all times and places. It is also a lush garden of sacred eros, filled to overflowing with luxurious plantings of love between master and disciples, among the mystical companions themselves, between the souls of Israel and the shekhinah, God's lovely bride, but most of all between the male and female elements that together make up the Godhead. Revered and canonized by generations of faithful devotees, the secret universe described by the Zohar's authors serves as the basis of Kabbalistic faith.

Keywords:   Zohar, Jewish compendium, mysticism, myth, esoteric teaching, Middle Ages, mystical companions, shekhinah, love

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