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The Kabbalistic Treatise Keter Shem Tov: Synoptic Edition, Commentary, Translation and the History of its Reception

Synoptische Edition des kabbalistischen Traktats Keter Shem Tov mit englischer Übersetzung, Stellenkommentar und rezeptionsgeschichtlichen Studien

DFG-Projekt, apl. Prof. Dr. Gerold Necker gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. Paul Molitor (Institute for Computer Science, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg),   


The treatise Keter Shem Tov (The Crown of the Good Name) is attributed to Abraham ben Axelrad from Cologne, who was presumably a student of Eleazar ben Judah of Worms (ca. 1176–1238) and Ezra ben Salomo of Gerona (fl. ca. 1240). The work combines the kabbalistic symbolism of the ten Sefirotin comprised form with interpretations of the Tetragrammaton resembling those found in the literature of the German Pietists (Ḥaside Ashkenaz). Keter Shem Tov incorporates the oldest synthesis of these two mystical traditions. A critical edition, which attends to its broad transmission within the manuscript tradition, is still a scientific desideratum. The project targets both, a column based synoptic print edition and an online version which will be made accessible to a wide audience, in particular for Renaissance-Studies, and which will serve as a model for future editions in the field of Jewish Studies. In addition, an English translation of the text, a detailed commentary and studies in the history of its reception will be prepared. This presentation will help to understand how mystical traditions converged in different geographical environments within medieval Judaism.


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