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Bibil Identifier bibil:213587
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Late Judeo-Aramaic
Title (English, ) The Language of Theosophic Kabbalah
Author Mopsik, Charles
Journal Aramaic Studies (Volume: 4, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2006
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2006
Year (Copyright) 2006
Year (Reference) 2006
Language English
Pages 21-33 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract From Antiquity to the modern era, Aramaic co-existed with Hebrew as a language of Jewish literary production, and for certain types of writing, especially on topics associated with a degree of esotericism such as magic, prophetic revelation and mystical speculation, it often asserted itself as the preferred language long after Aramaic had ceased to function as a spoken vernacular. This article considers the possible reasons for this preference. It focuses on the Zohar, which established Aramaic as the language of theosophical mysticism in thirteenth-century Castile, and traces the linguistic impact of this work on subsequent schools of Kabbalah.
DOI 10.1177/1477835106066033
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Semitic Languages : North-West Semitic : Aramaic : Late Aramaic
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