Asceticism, Mysticism, and Messianism: A Reappraisal of Schechter’s Portrait of Sixteenth-Century Safed

  title={Asceticism, Mysticism, and Messianism: A Reappraisal of Schechter’s Portrait of Sixteenth-Century Safed},
  author={Elliot R. Wolfson},
  journal={Jewish Quarterly Review},
  pages={165 - 177}
IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING that the fields of Jewish mysticism and intellectual history have greatly evolved since the time that Solomon Schechter wrote ‘‘Safed in the Sixteenth Century: A City of Legists and Mystics,’’ first published in 1908.1 We now have a more nuanced understanding of the relationship of law and mysticism as it was expressed by kabbalists and pietists through the centuries and especially in the sixteenth century. We have a better grasp of the complexity of the Lurianic Kabbalah… 
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