The objective of this essay is to explore Gershom Scholem's intellectual appropriation of certain key elements of the German Romantic tradition in his conceptualization of the history of Jewish mysticism. I will show that Scholem is especially indebted to the Romantic concept of the "symbol" and to its powerful impulse to create "a new mythology." I will also show that Scholem developed his principle of historical interpretation about the role of the kabbalah in Jewish history within a matrix of ideas that were typical among Romantic thinkers. In conclusion, I will argue that these intellectual debts made Scholem a fascinating example of a postwar and post-Holocaust German- Jewish thinker.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||IJS Studies in Judaica|
|Editors||Mirjam Zadoff, Noam Zadoff|
|Publisher||Brill Academic Publishers|
|Number of pages||17|
|State||Published - 2019|
|Name||IJS Studies in Judaica|
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- Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
- German Idealism
- German Romanticism
- new mythology
- postwar culture
- theory of the symbol