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Roads to Utopia: The Walking Stories of the Zohar

David Greenstein

Abstract

This book is the first to study in-depth the “walking motif” of the Zohar. The Zohar is unique among Jewish mystical texts--and it is the premier text of them all--in continuously introducing and punctuating its teachings with references to its mystical adepts’ “walking along the road.” Despite increasing contemporary interest in the narrative elements of the Zohar, this major literary feature of the work has been either ignored or subsumed under the overall mystical character of this classic. By carefully cataloguing and analyzing the use of the walking motif, this study seeks to show that it ... More

Keywords: Zohar, spatiality, walking motif, narrative, mystical, mundane, horizontal, vertical, de Certeau, Lefebvre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804788335
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804788335.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Greenstein, author