This review of "On the Mystical Shape of the Godhead: Basic Concepts in the Kabbalah" is aimed primarily at assessing the book's level of difficulty, and its place among the author's studies of Jewish Mysticism which are now available in English. I have read each of those mentioned at least twice, and most of them three or more times, so I think that my observations are well-informed, if not typical of all potential readers.
I have not attempted to summarize the contents, which have been covered in Amazon's Book Description, and by many of the previous reviewers.
Kabbalah is an esoteric form of Judaism, so even a truly basic introduction demands some prior knowledge of post-Biblical Jewish history, and exoteric Judaism; otherwise, references to names, locales, philosophical schools, and periods of time, are likely to blur together, even if briefly defined in the volume itself. For a reliable introduction, I would suggest, among many worthy titles, "Back to the...
A beautiful testimony to Schooler's comprehensive scholarship, despite the occasional piece that has since been more fully researched since Schooler's death. An invaluable masterpiece to the serious student of kabbalah at all places of learning, whether they be beginner or professor.
Fascinating and informative. The author is a Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the University of Jerusalem. Very valuable insight. Many comment on mysticism without much insight or background knowledge, not this author. Well worth reading.
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