Three in one or one that is three: On the dating of Abraham Abulafia's Sefer ha-Ot

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Abstract

This article suggests that Sefer ha-Ot, an apocalyptic work written by Abraham Abulafia (1240-ca. 1290/1), is not one book, but three, and that each section reflects different periods in his life. By dating Abulafia's messianic career from a vision in 1276, the backdrop for the writing of the first two sections is set out, and a vision in late 1285 helps explain the very different style of the third section, the one that gives its name to the whole book. The first two sections reflect a very intense period of messianic activity and where it is clear that the expected Messiah is Abulafia himself, while the third section deals with the wars at the end of days, and only hints at the possibility that Abulafia is indeed the expected Messiah.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-189
Number of pages11
JournalRevue des Etudes Juives
Volume165
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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