J. H. (Yossi) Chajes/University of Haifa, "It's Good to See the King: Visual Kabbalah and the Diagramming of the Divine"
It's Good to See the King: Visual Kabbalah and the Diagramming of the Divine
Most students of kabbalistic literature find themselves “visualizing” its cosmogonic and cosmological teachings. The iconic “Tree of Life” is certainly the best known kabbalistic symbol, and is often the first thing conveyed to those being exposed to this lore. What few realize is that complex graphical scrolls have been a genre of kabbalistic literature in their own right since the Renaissance, and that from the late seventeenth century such scrolls became an indispensable tool to Lurianic kabbalists. In his presentation, Dr. Chajes will introduce this little known genre and explain the origins and functions of these amazing kabbalistic artifacts.
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