[In English & Hebrew]
Joseph Dan, the Gershom Scholem Professor of Kabbalah Emeritus at the Hebrew University and long-time Professor of Jewish Studies at the Freie Universitat Berlin, is one of the most influential figures in the fields of Jewish mystical thought, homiletical and ethical literature, modern Messianiasm and Hasidism, and contemporary belles-lettres.
His studies of the diverse aspects of Jewish creativity, with close attention to the dialectics of religious-cultural continuity versus historical innovation, provide a comprehensive overview of the complex history of Jewish thought and its multiple creative faces.
It is precisely for this reason, to honor Joseph Dan's multifaceted research that his many colleagues, students, and friends, scattered among universities around the world, have decided to focus their contributions in this Festschrift on the continuing process of creation and re-creation in Jewish thought throughout the centuries.
Partial Contents: The Talmudic Concept of Conjuring On Demons From Cosmology to Theology Creative Force of a Hermeneutic Rule Selective Affinities--Reflections on Jewish & Christian Mystical Exegesis Unknown Commentary of the Book of Creation The First Two Positive Commandments Hasidut Ashkenaz on the Angel of Dreams The Midrash & the Changing Face of God The Medieval Saint Circle, Point & Line "The East" and the Story of the Lost Tribes Covenant of Faith or Fate? Writings of Rabbi Chaim David Halevi American Jewish Modern Orthodox Historiography Remarks on Gershom Scholem's Autobiography Ahavat Yisrael--Nationhood, the Pariah & the Intellectual. [15 additional chapters in Hebrew]