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Additional Remnants from the Writings of R. Joseph of Hamadan / שרידים נוספים מכתבי ר' יוסף הבא משושן הבירה

משה אידל and Moshe Idel
Daat: A Journal of Jewish Philosophy & Kabbalah / דעת: כתב-עת לפילוסופיה יהודית וקבלה
No. 21 (קיץ תשמ"ח), pp. 47-55
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24186860
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Additional Remnants from the Writings of R. Joseph of Hamadan / שרידים נוספים מכתבי ר' יוסף הבא משושן הבירה
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Abstract

The paper discusses the authorship of two anonymous Kabbalistic texts extant in manuscripts, and concludes that they were composed by a late 13th century Kabbalist, R. Joseph of Hamadan. One of them deals with the concept of the "concubine of the Divinity" which is found also in the writings of this author, where the two-fold nature of Metatron, as a positive and negative entity, reflects the status of the Shekhinah and the concubine in the new text. The sources of this two-fold conception of Metatron are traced to earlier mystical texts. The other text, written in Aramaic, is a daring description of the divine anatomy, which is only partially paralleled in the other extant works of this author. Finally, traces of the views and works of R. Joseph in Safedian Kabbalah are discussed; there is a conspicuous influence of the 13th century Kabbalist on R. Moses Cordovero, R. Menahem de Lonzano and on Lurianic Kabbalah.

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