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The Resource Kabbalah and the founding of America : the early influence of Jewish thought in the New World, Brian Ogren

Kabbalah and the founding of America : the early influence of Jewish thought in the New World, Brian Ogren

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Kabbalah and the founding of America : the early influence of Jewish thought in the New World
Title
Kabbalah and the founding of America
Title remainder
the early influence of Jewish thought in the New World
Statement of responsibility
Brian Ogren
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Author
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • heb
  • eng
Summary
In 1688, a leading Quaker thinker and activist in what is now New Jersey penned a letter to one of his closest disciples concerning Kabbalah, or what he called the mystical theology of the Jews. Around that same time, one of the leading Puritan ministers developed a messianic theology based in part on the mystical conversion of the Jews. This led to the actual conversion of a Jew in Boston a few decades later, an event that directly produced the first kabbalistic book conceived of and published in America. That book was read by an eventual president of Yale College, who went on to engage in a deep study of Kabbalah that would prod him to involve the likes of Benjamin Franklin, and to give a public oration at Yale in 1781 calling for an infusion of Kabbalah and Jewish thought into the Protestant colleges of America. Kabbalah and the Founding of America traces the influence of Kabbalah on early Christian Americans. It offers a new picture of Jewish-Christian intellectual exchange in pre-Revolutionary America, and illuminates how Kabbalah helped to shape early American religious sensibilities. The volume demonstrates that key figures, including the well-known Puritan ministers Cotton Mather and Increase Mather and Yale University President Ezra Stiles, developed theological ideas that were deeply influenced by Kabbalah. Some of them set out to create a more universal Kabbalah, developing their ideas during a crucial time of national myth building, laying down precedents for developing notions of American exceptionalism. This book illustrates how, through fascinating and often surprising events, this unlikely inter-religious influence helped shape the United States and American identity
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ogren, Brian
Dewey number
261.2/6097309032
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BM526
LC item number
.O37 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cabala
  • United States
  • Protestantism
  • Protestantism
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
Kabbalah and the founding of America : the early influence of Jewish thought in the New World, Brian Ogren
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-298) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • George Keith
  • Appendix II: An oration upon the Hebrew literature (Hebrew)
  • Ezra Stiles
  • Appendix III: An oration upon the Hebrew literature (English)
  • Ezra Stiles
  • Kabbalistic "diamonds in a dunghill": on reductionism and inclusivity in early american explorations into Jewish thought
  • American Christian Quakerism and Jewish Mysticism: Jacob Boehme in America and the lost kabbalistic manuscript of George Keith
  • From Christian Quakerism to American Puritanism: George Keith, Cotton Mather, and kabbalistic polemics
  • Sabbateanism and mystical conversion in the New World: from Increase Mather to Judah Monis
  • Nothing but the truth: the first kabbalistic text published in North America
  • Universal kabbalah in the colleges of America: Ezra Stiles and the Jewish-Protestant interface
  • Jewish involvement and American exceptionalism: on Kabbalah and historiography on colonial America
  • Appendix I: The Cabbala of the Jews
Control code
on1201180287
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 315 pages
Isbn
9781479807987
Lccn
2020041598
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1201180287
Label
Kabbalah and the founding of America : the early influence of Jewish thought in the New World, Brian Ogren
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-298) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • George Keith
  • Appendix II: An oration upon the Hebrew literature (Hebrew)
  • Ezra Stiles
  • Appendix III: An oration upon the Hebrew literature (English)
  • Ezra Stiles
  • Kabbalistic "diamonds in a dunghill": on reductionism and inclusivity in early american explorations into Jewish thought
  • American Christian Quakerism and Jewish Mysticism: Jacob Boehme in America and the lost kabbalistic manuscript of George Keith
  • From Christian Quakerism to American Puritanism: George Keith, Cotton Mather, and kabbalistic polemics
  • Sabbateanism and mystical conversion in the New World: from Increase Mather to Judah Monis
  • Nothing but the truth: the first kabbalistic text published in North America
  • Universal kabbalah in the colleges of America: Ezra Stiles and the Jewish-Protestant interface
  • Jewish involvement and American exceptionalism: on Kabbalah and historiography on colonial America
  • Appendix I: The Cabbala of the Jews
Control code
on1201180287
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 315 pages
Isbn
9781479807987
Lccn
2020041598
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1201180287

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