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Shamanic Trance in Modern Kabbalah

Jonathan Garb


This book explores the shamanic dimensions of Jewish mysticism. The author integrates methods and models from the social sciences, comparative religion, and Jewish studies to offer a view of the early modern kabbalists and their social and psychological contexts. Through close readings of numerous texts—some translated here for the first time—he draws a picture of the kabbalists, showing them to be as concerned with deeper states of consciousness as they were with study and ritual. The kabbalists developed physical and mental methods to induce trance states, visions of heavenly mountains, and ... More

Keywords: Jewish mysticism, social sciences, comparative religion, kabbalists, consciousness, trance, shamanic practices, Milton Erickson, Carl Jung

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226282077
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226282060.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Garb, author