Lecture 14_RS 145

Lecture 14_RS 145 - RS 145 Lecture 5/21/09 The Torah as the...

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RS 145 Lecture 5/21/09 The Torah as the Architect and “Blueprint of Creation” RABINIC TEXTS: 1) Torah as name , 2) Torah as wisdom (architect), 3) Torah as divine language (blueprint), 4) Torah as concrete text . KABALISTIC TRADITIONS: Representations out of the Kabalistic Traditions (mystic) Kabalah —developed around the 12 th c. in southern France—northern Spain 13 th c. Zohar —the authoritative text for Kabalistic distinctions o Dominant theory about its development—The Zohar was composed by Moses de’Leone 1281-1286 in Spain o Most scholars believe it was composed in the 13 th century o The tradition (Zohar) itself is that it is a mystical tradition of Midrash (genre of rabbinic texts that take the form of commentaries on specific books of the Bible) o Zohar is (Midrash) a commentary on the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus—specifically the revelation) It puts its teachings into the mouth of one of the greatest Rabbis’ Simean B Yohai (One of the Tannaim ) his teacher was Rabi Akiba Dialogue that is unfolding the deeper more mystical meanings of the text, Akiba’s school is considered one of the more mystically oriented schools. Zohar has established its teachings by paralleling it to Akiba’s school of
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