Azriel of Gerona

(fl. early 13th cent.)
   Spanish kabbalist. His work reflects the process whereby Neoplatonism permeated the kabbalistic tradition. He wrote a commentary on the ten sephirot, the Sepher Yetzirah, talmudic aggadot, and the liturgy, as well as several treatises on mysticism.

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