Instead of language been created by men, Jewish mysticism believes the world and everything that exists has been created by God through language, specifically among the infinite combinations of the Hebrew Alphabet (the twenty two letters and the ten first numbers). This way, the universe is a phenomenon of language. The present paper discusses the importance of language and a type of Metaphysics of the Hebrew Alphabet, comparing the different approaches between Plato’s Cratylus and the Sefer Yetsirah. As part of this analysis the paper presents Gershom Scholem’s Theory of Language and The Metaphysics of the Hebrew Alphabet by Elyahu Lipiner.
|Translated title of the contribution||The nature of language in the creation of the world through the Hebrew alphabet: a comparison between Plato's Cratylus and the Sefer Yetsirah|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
- Sefer Yetsirah
- Jewish Studies