Evil in Early Kabbalah - Emanations of the Left Hand Side (Esoterica)


The origin, nature and final destiny of Evil is one of the central concerns for theologians, philosophers and mystics. Developments in early Kabbalah (c. 13th. century) made for a dramatic and daring re-conception of Evil as beginning within the dynamism of the divinity itself. This episode explores one of the earliest texts about this new Kabbalistic theory of Evil, the Treatise on the Emanations of the Left or Ma'amar Ha-Atzilut Ha-Sma'lit. This difficult and obscure texts details the origins of Evil, Demons and their final destiny as understood in one of the earliest strata of Kabbalah and serves as the foundation for the later development of the Klippot in later Lurianic Kabbalah.

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Recommended Readings:

Treatise on the Emanations of the Left ( Ma'amar Ha-Atzilut Ha-Sma'lit) in Dan - Early Kabbalah - 978-0809127696
Tishby - The Wisdom of the Zohar (esp. volume II) - 978-1874774280
Scholem - On the Mystical Shape of the Godhead - 978-0805210811
Wolfson - Light through Darkness: The Ideal of Human Perfection in the Zohar - https://www.jstor.org/stable/1509586?seq=1
Idel - Primeval Evil in Kabbalah - 978-1602804036

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