By Shaul Magid
In From Metaphysics to Midrash, Shaul Magid explores the exegetical culture of Isaac Luria and his fans in the historic context in 16th-century Safed, a different neighborhood that introduced practitioners of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam into shut touch with each other. Luria's scripture grew to become a theater within which kabbalists redrew obstacles of distinction in parts of ethnicity, gender, and the human relation to the divine. Magid investigates how cultural affects altered scriptural exegesis of Lurianic Kabbala in its philosophical, hermeneutical, and historic views. He means that Luria and his fans have been faraway from cloistered. They used their substantial talents to weigh in on very important issues of the day, delivering, every now and then, a few marvelous ideas to perennial theological difficulties.