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Busi studies Jewish mysticism and kabbalah from a philological, literary, and aesthetical point of view. In 1995 he edited (with E. Loewenthal) a volume on Mistica ebraica (1995). The book contains the first complete Italian translation of many classics of Jewish mysticism and kabbalah: Sefer ha-Bahir, a selection from Etz chayyim by Chayyim Vital and the commentary to the Sefer Yetzirah written by Isaac the Blind are among the many titles of this anthology, which is accompanied by Busi’s extensive Introduction.


Busi dealt also with Christian kabbalah, editing (together with S. Campanini) the first Italian translation of De arte cabalistica, by Johannes Reuchlin, and writing an essay on Francesco Zorzi, an outstanding figure of Italian Renaissance philosophy (Francesco Zorzi. A Methodical Dreamer).


In 1998 Busi published an introduction to the history of the kabbalah (La Qabbalah), which has been reprinted several times. One year later his Simboli del pensiero ebraico (1999) appeared, a vast lexicon of Jewish symbolism. Taking into account almost three millennia of Hebrew literature, Busi clarifies here the cores of Judaism through 72 key-words. From Afar, “Dust”, to Zonah, “Prostitute”, the book surveys the cardinal concepts of Jewish imagery.


Busi conceived and organized an international exhibit of the ancient collection of kabbalistic manuscripts of the Jewish community of Mantua in Berlin (Centrum Judaicum, 2000), Mantua (Palazzo della Ragione, 2001) and New York (New York University – Centre for Jewish History, 2002): Mantova e la Qabbalah. Mantua and the Kabbalah, Geneva - Milan 2001.


A vast survey on the visual aspects of kabbalah is Busi’s Qabbalah visiva (2005), in which he investigates in depth the fascinating array of diagrams and drawings contained in the ancient Hebrew manuscripts, till now almost ignored by the scholars. The result is a surprising atlas of Jewish mystical imagery. In fact, the kabbalistic diagrams try to fix on paper the sefirotic world, the cosmic forces, the angelic faces or even the passions of the inscrutable divine soul.


In 2008 (March) a vast anthology of the medieval masterpiece of Sefardic kabbalah, the Sefer ha-Zohar, will appear in Italian, edited and with an introduction by Busi.