Gershom Scholem

1897 - 1982

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Gershom Scholem (Hebrew: גֵרְשׁׂם שָׁלוֹם‎) (December 5, 1897 – February 21, 1982), was a German-born Israeli philosopher and historian. He is widely regarded as the founder of the modern, academic study of Kabbalah. He was the first professor of Jewish Mysticism at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gershom Scholem has received more than 267,463 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Gershom Scholem is the 376th most popular philosopher (up from 416th in 2019), the 876th most popular biography from Germany (up from 948th in 2019) and the 52nd most popular German Philosopher.

Gershom Scholem is most famous for his work in the field of Jewish mysticism.

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Among philosophers, Gershom Scholem ranks 376 out of 1,089Before him are Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Fakhr al-Din al-Razi, Pompeia Plotina, Jean Gerson, René Girard, and Paul Tillich. After him are Ramanuja, Mulla Sadra, Yuri Lotman, Alexandre Kojève, Saadia Gaon, and Nachmanides.

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Among people born in 1897, Gershom Scholem ranks 38Before him are Tadeusz Reichstein, Odd Hassel, Ivan Bagramyan, Margaret Mahler, Kirill Meretskov, and Vasily Sokolovsky. After him are Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, John Cockcroft, Vlado Chernozemski, Herbert Gille, John Franklin Enders, and Joseph Berchtold. Among people deceased in 1982, Gershom Scholem ranks 47Before him are Walter Hallstein, Anna German, Varlam Shalamov, Władysław Gomułka, Thelonious Monk, and Hugo Theorell. After him are Meša Selimović, Hermann Balck, Vladimir K. Zworykin, Takashi Shimura, Colin Chapman, and Marty Feldman.

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Among people born in Germany, Gershom Scholem ranks 876 out of 5,289Before him are Robert Michels (1876), Christina of Holstein-Gottorp (1573), Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen (1792), Sophia Dorothea of Celle (1666), Marie d'Agoult (1805), and Nicolaus Zinzendorf (1700). After him are Fritz Strassmann (1902), Kurt Eisner (1867), William IV, Duke of Bavaria (1493), Ernest, Elector of Saxony (1441), Günter Netzer (1944), and Thomas Anders (1963).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Gershom Scholem ranks 52Before him are Hermann Cohen (1842), Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann (1842), Moses Hess (1812), Wilhelm Windelband (1848), Karl Rahner (1904), and Rudolf Otto (1869). After him are Franz Rosenzweig (1886), Christian Thomasius (1655), Johannes Althusius (1563), Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach (1775), Carl Gustav Hempel (1905), and Paul Natorp (1854).