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The Resource Founder of Hasidism : a quest for the historical Ba'al Shem Tov, Moshe Rosman ; with a new introduction

Founder of Hasidism : a quest for the historical Ba'al Shem Tov, Moshe Rosman ; with a new introduction

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Founder of Hasidism : a quest for the historical Ba'al Shem Tov
Title
Founder of Hasidism
Title remainder
a quest for the historical Ba'al Shem Tov
Statement of responsibility
Moshe Rosman ; with a new introduction
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Moshe Rosman supplies the history that proves that the Ba'al Shem Tov, the legendary founder of hasidism, actually existed. He presents the best, most convincing description that can be drawn from the existing documentary evidence, changing our understanding of the Besht and altering the master narrative of hasidism. A substantial new Introduction considers what has changed in the study of hasidism since the influential first edition was published. The Ba'al Shem Tov is an elusive subject for historians because documentary evidence about his life is scanty and equivocal. Until now, much of what was known about him was based on stories compiled more than a generation after his death, many of which serve more to mythologize him than to describe him. The portrait Moshe Rosman provides is drawn from life instead of from myth. Based on innovative critical analysis of both familiar and previously unexplored archival sources, and concentrating on accounts that can be attributed to the Besht or to contemporary eyewitnesses, this book goes further than any previous work in uncovering the historical Ba'al Shem Tov. Additionally, documents in Polish and Hebrew discovered by Professor Rosman during his research for the book enable him to give the first detailed description of the cultural, social, economic, and political context of the Besht's life."--
  • "Founder of Hasidism supplies the history behind the legend. It presents the best, most convincing description that can be drawn from the existing documentary evidence, changing our understanding of the Besht and with it the master-narrative of hasidism. A substantial new introduction considers what has changed in the study of Hasidism since the influential first edition was published, these changes being in part due to the effect of the book. New approaches, new sources, and new interpretations have been introduced, and these are reviewed and critically assessed. Criticisms of the original edition are answered and key issues reconsidered, including the authenticity of the various versions of the Holy Epistle; the ways in which Jacob Joseph of Polonne's books can be utilized as historical sources; and the relationship to history of the stories about the Ba'al Shem Tov in the hagiographical collection Shivhei Ha-Besht."--
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  • Publisher's website: http://www.littman.co.uk/cat/rosman-quest.html
  • Publisher's website: http://www.littman.co.uk/cat/rosman-quest.html
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JSTOR
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Rosman, Murray Jay
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The Littman library of Jewish civilization
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Baʻal Shem Ṭov
  • Baʻal Shem Ṭov
  • Hasidim
  • Rabbis
  • Hasidism
  • Hasidim
  • Hasidism
  • Rabbis
  • Ukraine
  • RELIGION / Judaism / General
Label
Founder of Hasidism : a quest for the historical Ba'al Shem Tov, Moshe Rosman ; with a new introduction
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1040697080
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781909821118
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv1rv4v4
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1040697080
Label
Founder of Hasidism : a quest for the historical Ba'al Shem Tov, Moshe Rosman ; with a new introduction
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1040697080
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781909821118
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv1rv4v4
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1040697080

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