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As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Eitan P. Fishbane


This book explores the mystical thought of Isaac ben Samuel of Akko, a major medieval kabbalist whose work has until now received relatively little attention. Through consideration of an extensive literary corpus, including much that still remains in manuscript, this study examines an array of themes and questions that have great applicability to the comparative study of mysticism and the broader study of religion. These include prayer and the nature of mystical experience; meditative concentration directed to God; and the power of mental intention, authority, creativity, and the transmission ... More

Keywords: kabbalist, Isaac ben Samuel of Akko, mysticism, religion, prayer, mystical experience, meditation, mental intention, authority, wisdom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804759137
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eitan P. Fishbane, author