Abulafia Abraham ben Samuel

Abraham ben Samuel Abulafia - Personal data
Date of birth: 1241
Place of birth: Saragossa
Date of death: 1291

Abulafia Abraham – born in 1241 in Zaragoza, died in 1291 on the island of Comino (now Malta). A Jewish Kabbalist and mystic, the author of essays, treaties and treatises od mystical content, including: Sefer ha-Shem [“Book of the Name”], containing meditations on God’s name, Sefer ha-Ot [“Book of the Sign”], referring to prophecies, Or ha-Sekhel [“Light of the Intellect”] and treatises about magical meaning of the tetragrammaton YHWH (Yahweh). The basis of Abraham Abulafia’s mysticism was the kabbalistic doctrine of the 10 spheres, the so-called Sephiroth (Kabbalah), dealing with the revelation of God in the process of creation. The Muslim Sufism had some influence on his theories. Abraham Abulafia’s writings played an important role in the further development of the Kabbalah, especially among Kabbalists operating in the city of Safed (Upper Galilee) in the 16th century.

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