Moshe Idel (1947) is Emeritus Max Cooper Professor in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He studied with Gershom Scholem at the Hebrew University. After earning his doctorate with a thesis on Abraham Abulafia, he eventually succeeded Scholem to the chair of Jewish Thought. He has been visiting Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, UCLA, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and the Collège de France. He was elected to the Israel Academy for Sciences and Humanities in 2006. In 1999, Idel was awarded the Israel Prize for excellent achievement in the field of Jewish philosophy, and in 2002 the EMET Prize for Jewish Thought. In 2003, he received the Koret Award for Jewish philosophy for his book Absorbing Perfections.
Idel has undertaken a radical revision of Jewish mystical tradition, which determined a change in the understanding of the entire intellectual history of Judaism. Idel has published over one hundred books, translated into a dozen different languages. Some publications include: Kabbalah: New Perspectives (Yale University Press, 1988), The Mystical Experience in Abraham Abulafia (State University of New York Press, 1988), Messianic Mystics (Yale University Press, New Haven, 1998), Kabbalah and Eros (Yale University Press, 2005), Old Worlds, New Mirrors. On Jewish Mysticism and Twentieth-Century Thought (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009)