Scholar and Kabbalist: The Life and Work of Gershom Scholem

November 1, 2020
Scholar and Kabbalist: The Life and Work of Gershom Scholem

The articles collected in Scholar and Kabbalist: The Lifeand Work of Gershom Scholem present diverse biographicalaspects and the scholarly oeuvre of arguably the most influentialJewish-Israeli intellectual of the 20th century. Immigrating toPalestine in 1923, Gershom Scholem became one of the founders ofthe Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was the first to establishJewish Mysticism as a scholarly discipline.The articles collected here reflect the diversity of Scholem’sintellectual scope including his contribution to Jewish Studies asa scholar of Kabbalah, religion and history, as a bibliophile, andan expert librarian of Judaica. Central aspects of Scholem’s impacton Jewish historiography, literature and art in Israel, Europe andthe US, are presented to the reader for the first time.