Zohar

ISBN-10: 0804757127
ISBN-13: 9780804757126
Edition: 2007
Authors: Daniel Matt
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 9/28/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 592
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

Sefer ha-Zohar(The Book of Radiance) has amazed and overwhelmed readers ever since it emerged mysteriously in medieval Spain toward the end of the thirteenth century. Written in a unique, lyrical Aramaic, this masterpiece of Kabbalah exceeds the dimensions of a normal book; it is virtually a body of literature, comprising over twenty discrete sections. The bulk of theZoharconsists of a running commentary on the Torah, from Genesis through Deuteronomy. This fourth volume ofThe Zohar: Pritzker Editioncovers the first half of Exodus. Here we find mystical explorations of Pharaoh’s enslavement of the Israelites, the birth of Moses, the deliverance from Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the Revelation at Mount Sinai. Throughout, theZoharprobes the biblical text and seeks deeper meaning—for example, the nature of evil and its relation to the divine realm, the romance of Moses andShekhinah, and the inner meaning of the Ten Commandments. In the context of the miraculous splitting of the Red Sea, Rabbi Shim’on reveals the mysterious Name of 72, a complex divine name consisting of 216 letters (72 triads), formed out of three verses in Exodus 14. These mystical interpretations are interwoven with tales of the Companions—rabbis wandering through the hills of Galilee, sharing their insights, coming upon wisdom in the most astonishing ways from a colorful cast of characters they meet on the road.

Daniel C. Matt has written many books and articles on Jewish spirituality, including Zohar:The Book of Enlightenment and God and the Big Bang. He is a professor of Jewish mysticism at the Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.

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