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Scholem, Gershom Gerhard
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(orig. Gerhard; Dec 5, 1897, Berlin – Feb 20, 1982, Jerusalem), the most important scholar in Jewish studies in the 20th century and the founder of the scholarly study of the Kabbalah. He was born to an assimilated Jewish family. In his youth he devoted himself to Zionism, associated with M. Buber and began to learn Hebrew, taking lessons in Talmud. One of his early friends was W. Benjamin; their friendship lasted till Benjamin’s death in 1940. Scholem decided to write his Ph.D. on the Book of Sefer ha- Bahir, which he identified as the earliest work of the Kabbalah …

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Dan, Joseph, “Scholem, Gershom Gerhard”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025334>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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