Hasidism as Mysticism
Quietistic Elements in Eighteenth Century Hasidic Thought
Offered here for the first time in English translation, Hasidism as Mysticism is a classic in its field. Using the tools of phenomenology, Rivka Schatz Uffenheimer places Hasidism squarely in the context of religious studies. Hasidisms theoretical texts have been largely ignored by historians of the movement, but Shatz Uffenheimer analyses these materials fully, disclosing the mystical, quietistic tendencies that existed alongside Hasidisms more activist popular elements. The author carefully reviewed this translation of her work: it includes a revised introduction with new material, two new chapters, and an appendix containing a translation, history and literary analysis of one of the few extant texts attributed to the Baal Shem Tov.
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"A great strength of this interesting and rewarding book is the rich documentation: through the many quotations from the Hasidic literature the reader comes away with a good sense of the "tone"of Hasidic teaching and preaching."--"Theological Book Review"