The joy of intellectual adventure at the highest levels awaits the reader of this work.
This striking set of similarities between Gnosticism and Jewish mysticism was the strongest impression I came away with from reading the book.
Scholem's book "Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism" is rightly considered a classic in the field of Kabbalah and the study thereof.
Scholem is the pre-eminent scholar in the field of Jewish mysticism. His Major Trends is not easy reading, but it's deeply engaging, and you can find new insights on re-reading.Published 4 months ago by M. Lane
As an inquisitive Jew, I have always been mystified by Jewish mysticism. People are always telling me, "oh it's so difficult" or "complex" or "you have to be... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark Ellins
There are so many books about Kabbalah coming out these days like popcorn. Gershom Sholem rediscovered the Kabbalah and brought it from obscurity to world fame. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ami Zarchi
Scholem's overview of the development of Jewish mysticism in general and Kabbalah in particular is magisterial. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alchemist
This book has some great and interesting background information, but it doesn't take a genius to identify the author's academic prejudice. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Filler Joe
The shipping was very quick and I found the book to be as decribed by the seller.Published on December 25, 2009
I asked my friend who is an Orthodox Rabbi for one book on the subject of Jewish Mysticism and he recommended this one. So I read it. It's is def. Read morePublished on July 6, 2009 by S. Pactor
It's a great writer and thinker! He taught at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem and he is really academic and deep. Read morePublished on June 4, 2009 by Amir M.
Though some of its conclusions have been questioned or corrected by later scholars like Moshe Idel, this is still the best overall guide for the general reader. Read morePublished on November 7, 2008 by Lawrence