Byron Sherwin's book is a primer for course-work and for those seeking to understand Jewish mysticism on its own terms, Kabbalah provides a comprehensive, accessible introduction to Jewish mysticism, organized around five models of Jewish mystical theology and experience: Normal Mysticism, Mystical Intimacy, Addressing God's Needs, Drawing Down Divine Grace, and Prophetic Kabbalah. Sherwin's Kabbalah: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism is a scholarly, yet accessible work that includes primary texts in translation.
Byron L. Sherwin is Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. He is an internationally recognized authority on Jewish theology, ethics and mysticism, and the author or editor of twenty-five books and over 150 articles and monographs, including Golems Among Us (Ivan R. Dee Publishers), Workers of Wonders (Rowman & Littlefield) and The Cubs and the Kabbalist: A Novel (West Oak Press).
Chapter 1 Entering the Orchard: An Invitation to the Study of Jewish Mysticism Chapter 2 Models of Jewish Mystical Experience Chapter 3 Normal Mysticism Chapter 4 Access Codes: The Sefirot Chapter 5 Mystical Intimacy Chapter 6 Addressing God's Needs Chapter 7 Drawing Down Divine Grace Chapter 8 Prophetic Kabbalah Chapter 9 Combined Models: Religious Life Chapter 10 Combined Models: Magic and Messianic Redemption