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"Go you forth!" : the construction of meaning in the Zohar

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"Go you forth!" : the construction of meaning in the Zohar

Gondos, Andrea (2005) "Go you forth!" : the construction of meaning in the Zohar. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The thesis examines the hermeneutic structure of the Parashat 'Lekh Lekhah' of the Zohar, arguably the most influential work of Jewish mysticism. The thesis argues and demonstrates that the Zohar continues the modes of classical midrashic exegesis through the incorporation of common stylistic and formal hermeneutical elements. At the same time, the thesis will also claim that the skillful use of hermeneutical and rhetorical techniques allows for the unique concealment and disclosure of esoteric-kabbalistic meaning. In order to show the idiosyncratic relationship between mystical content and narrative elements, the thesis focuses on the detailed examination of four areas: (1) the use of frequently recurring rhetorical and linguistic formularies in the text; (2) narrative characters and personalities; (3) the significance and depiction of theurgical activities; (4) the presence of various intertexts incorporated into the substructures of the Zoharic narrative.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Religion
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Gondos, Andrea
Pagination:vii, 93 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Religion
Date:2005
Thesis Supervisor(s):Robinson, Ira
ID Code:8617
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:30
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:30
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