By Gershom Scholem, Klaus Ottmann
Newly revised moment printing. Translated by means of KLAUS OTTMANN. A groundbreaking textual content on alchemy via the prime pupil of Jewish mysticism is gifted right here for the 1st time in English translation. Scholem seems to be seriously on the connections among alchemy, the Jewish Kabbalah; its christianized kinds, corresponding to the gold- and rosicrucian mysticisms, and the myth-based psychology of C.G. Jung, and uncovers forgotten alchemical roots embedded within the Kabbalah.
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Gershom died in 1544. Shortly afterwards, his son Moses submitted a petition to Ferdinand 71 Stephen G. Burnett, “The Regulation of Hebrew Printing in Germany 1555–1630” in Inﬁnite Boundaries: Order, Disorder and Reorder in early Modern German Culture, ed. M. Reinhart & T. Robisheux, Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies, no. 40 (Kirksville, 1998), pp. 329–30. 72 The ﬁrst non-Hebrew book, a Psalter, was printed in Prague in 1487. Concerning the ﬁrst decades of Hebrew printing in Prague, see Leopold Zunz, Geschichte und Literatur (Berlin, 1845), 261–303; Friedberg, Central Europe, pp.
D. (1538/39), and other small works. Although the Halicz’s ﬁrst titles were well done and attractive, the press was not successful. The ﬁrst consequence of the brothers’ ﬁnancial diﬃculties was that Asher left the press. Eliakim and Samuel continued publishing, issuing the above-mentioned Azhorot Nashim by R. David ha-Kohen Shapira. 74 In that same year Eliakim began to 74 The three mitzvot of women are the separating of Hallah, the Friday evening lighting of Sabbath candles, and observing the laws of family purity (Niddah), based on Shabbat 31a, which states “For three transgressions woman die in childbirth.
56 Friedberg, Hebrew Typography . . Basle, pp. 6–7. xxxii introduction for Christian Hebraists or Christian academics rather than for the Jewish market. The books they printed are mainly published Bibles or grammars, or both. In Paris, Aegidius Gourmont printed Tissard’s Hebrew grammar followed by a Hebrew alphabet and then quarto (Hebrew/Latin) editions of R. Moses Kimhi’s Dikduk, Ruth and Lamentations (1520) and Isaiah (1529), and Gérard Morrhe published the Song of Songs (1531). Latin translations of Hebrew works were published in Paris, most notably, according to De Rossi, a translation by Jacob Mantino, a philosopher and physician, of Maimonides’ Moreh Nevukhim (1520).
Alchemy and Kabbalah by Gershom Scholem, Klaus Ottmann