Corpus Hermeticum by A cura di Ilaria Ramelli

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The family Kalonymos was at the heart of the development of kabbalistic thought in Europe. E. to Italy and thence in the tenth century to Germany. 3 A simple division is often made between the mysticism of Spain and France, and that of Italy and Germany. M. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-11 26 27 be concerned more with metaphysical speculation - indeed, two Kabbalah classics, the Bahir and the Zohar, which were written in northern Spain and Provence, were reactions to philosophic ration­ alism and empiricism.

Mysticism blossomed during the late medi­ eval period and the Renaissance because the scattered communities resorted to it as a means to combat - both physically and mentally - the persecution they suffered. 9 Many Jews looked to kabbalistic sources to provide some form of redemption, such as the emergence of a saviour or champion - the purpose for which the golem of Prague was created. 10 The kabbalist, Isaac Luria, connected the aims of kabbalism with a more fundamental return to creative origins, which also united the Beginning with the End: According to Luria, the critical movement in the process of cre­ ation consisted of the withdrawal of the all­pervading godhead into itself .

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-11 2 36 George Eliot, Judaism and the Novels Lurianic theology described a common source for good and evil, claiming that both emanate from the godhead; but according to Luria, evil cannot exist unless it is in close contact with good and derives sustenance from it. 4 It was often disputed as to whether or not good and evil did come from the same source. Some opinion contradicted Lurianic doctrine: As far as the effect of frst sin is concerned, we fnd two confict­ ing lines of thought: (l) Whereas previously good and evil had been mixed together, the sin separated evil out as a distinct real­ ity in its own right .

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