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Gershom Scholem

Gershom Scholem

Kabbalah and Counter-History, Second Edition

David Biale

ISBN 9780674363328

Publication date: 01/01/1982

Through a lifetime of passionate scholarship, Gershom Scholem (1897–1982) uncovered the “domains of tradition hidden under the debris of centuries” and made the history of Jewish mysticism and messianism comprehensible and relevant to current Jewish thought.

In this paperback edition of his definitive book on Scholem’s work, David Biale has shortened and rearranged his study for the benefit of the general reader and the student. A new introduction and new passages in the main text highlight the pluralistic character of Jewish theology as seen by Scholem, the place of the Kabbalah in debates over Zionism versus assimilation, and the interpretation of Kafka as a Jewish writer.


  • [An] important and original book…the first attempt to confront Scholem’s stature as a contemporary theologian…erudite and admirably written.

    —New York Times Book Review


  • 1981, Winner of the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities


  • David Biale teaches in the Judaic Studies Program at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Book Details

  • 216 pages
  • 6 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press