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Hasidism IncarnateHasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism$
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Shaul Magid

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804791304

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804791304.001.0001

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Divinization and Incarnational Thinking Inhasidism

Divinization and Incarnational Thinking Inhasidism

An Overview

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Hasidism Incarnate

Shaul Magid

Stanford University Press

This chapter is an overview of the notion of incarnational thinking in Hasidism. It traces this idea through a series of early Hasidic texts to suggest that Hasidic literature moves top the edges and in some cases crosses over into blatant incarnational thinking regarding its depiction of the biblical figures and the Hasidic zaddik. The chapter begins by surveying modern Jewish philosophers who are influenced by Moses Maimonides in readers to Jewish conceptions of monotheism, It then proceeds to show through close readings of Hasidic texts that Maimonides notion of monotheism was not adopted by these Hasidic writers. Quite the opposite, they seemed either oblivious or openly resistant to the radical transcendent God of Maimonides that stands at the center of Maimonides thinking and, more significant for my concerns, the project of Modern Jewish philosophy.

Keywords:   Incarnation, Maimonides, incarnational thinking, zaddikism, Zohar, Abraham

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