Rabbi Joseph Gikatilla's Hermeneutics 978-3-16-150203-3 - Mohr Siebeck
Jewish Studies

Elke Morlok

Rabbi Joseph Gikatilla's Hermeneutics

[Rabbi Joseph Gikatillas Hermeneutik.]

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Elke Morlok deals with the hermeneutics of R. Joseph Gikatilla, one of the most outstanding and influential kabbalists of medieval Jewish mysticism. With the application of methods derived from modern theories on language and literature, she elaborates the encounter between medieval mystical hermeneutics and postmodern hermeneutical approaches.
Elke Morlok deals with the hermeneutics of R. Joseph Gikatilla, one of the most outstanding and influential kabbalists of medieval Jewish mysticism. His literary creativity falls onto the last decades of the 13th century, when very innovative ideas on kabbalah and its hermeneutics were developed and formulated for the first time. The author analyzes several key concepts throughout his writings such as his ideas on letter combination, symbol, memory, imagination and ritual and their varying functions within the hermeneutical and theosophic structures that underlie Gikatilla's approach. With the application of methods derived from modern theories on language and literature, she tries to create the basis for a fruitful encounter between medieval mystical hermeneutics and postmodern hermeneutical approaches. As Gikatilla incorporates two main trends of kabbalistic thinking during the medieval period, he was one of the most valuable sources for Christian thinkers interested in medieval kabbalistic thought.
Authors/Editors

Elke Morlok ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Fachbereich Judaistik an der Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: H-Judaic, H-Net Reviews — http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=37769 (02/2013) (Hartley Lachter)
In: Revue des Etudes Juives — 173 (2014), S. 446–448 (Jean-Pierre Rothschild)