“Phonetic Mysticism in the Kabbalah of Asher ben David and His Contemporaries”
Eitan P. Fishbane
An article on the “Commentary to the Divine Name” by Rabbi Asher ben David, a section of his Sefer ha-yihud, a “major break in the literary history of the early Kabbalah, serving as a virtual primer of sefirotic symbolism” which “opened the hermetically concealed symbolism of prior generations of kabbalists and inaugurated an entirely new form of kabbalistic discourse in southwestern France.”
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Republished here with thanks to the author and the Jewish Quarterly Review.