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Roads to UtopiaThe Walking Stories of the Zohar$
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David Greenstein

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804788335

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804788335.001.0001

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The Quotidian Utopia of the Zohar

The Quotidian Utopia of the Zohar

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(p.215) Conclusion The Quotidian Utopia of the Zohar
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Roads to Utopia
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David Greenstein

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804788335.003.0008

The walking stories of the Zohar are its unique literary feature. Charting the motif suggests a consistent concern that connects various segments of the zoharic library, although recent scholarship has emphasized their separateness. This study seeks to understand the walking motif on its own terms, as a spatial practice, without depriving it of its uniqueness by subsuming it into the Zohar's other mystical concerns--concerns that privilege a sacred, vertical, space-denying axis. The abundant yet elusive quality of the motif points to the Zohar's persistent struggle to recognize the mundane space of the road, which is “nowhere” in particular, a “utopian” space. Through this motif, the Zohar engages in conversation and in polemic with surrounding non-Jewish and Jewish groups. In picturing the Companions walking on the road, the Zohar created a fitting image for its own daring independence.

Keywords:   walking, motif, mundane, space, spatial practice, utopia, scholarship, vertical axis

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