A Guide to the Zohar

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?This is more than a useful corrective for the pop-Kabbalah fantasies that have become fashionable among some spiritual seekers?it is also a serious aid to anyone seeking a serious encounter with Jewish spirituality.??Tikkun
?...[Arthur Green?s] 191-page introduction [to the Zohar] is so lucid and thorough that one almost does not notice how capably it has synthesized and presented the material.??The Forward
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Overview


“This is more than a useful corrective for the pop-Kabbalah fantasies that have become fashionable among some spiritual seekers—it is also a serious aid to anyone seeking a serious encounter with Jewish spirituality.”—Tikkun
“...[Arthur Green’s] 191-page introduction [to the Zohar] is so lucid and thorough that one almost does not notice how capably it has synthesized and presented the material.”—The Forward
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"This is more than a useful corrective for the pop-Kabbalah fantasies that have become fashionable among some spiritual seekers—it is also a serious aid to anyone seeking a serious encounter with Jewish spirituality."—Tikkun

"...[Arthur Green's] 191-page introduction [to the Zohar] is so lucid and thorough that one almost does not notice how capably it has synthesized and presented the material."—The Forward

"This is now the best introduction to the Zohar in English..."—CHOICE

"...a succinct study that in distilling half a century's research, including Green's own, proves unflailingly lucid and illuminating: he is equally skillful at explicating ideas and at explaining their historical context."—Times Literary Supplement

"This work can stand on its own as an excellent introduction to the Zohar, the central text of the Jewish mystical tradition. It is highly recommended to anyone interested in Jewish mysticism and would make an excellent text for undergraduate courses."—Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804749084
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: The Zohar: Pritzker Edition Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 507,263
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Arthur Green is the Philip W. Lown Professor of Jewish Thought at Brandeis University. A historian of Judaism and also a theologian, Professor Green is the author of a number of works on Jewish mysticism and Jewish spirituality.
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Table of Contents

Diagram of the Ten Sefirot
Preface
Pt. I Introduction
1 Prologue 3
2 The Kabbalistic Tradition: A Brief History Until the Zohar 9
3 Teachings of the Kabbalists: The Ten Sefirot 28
Pt. II What is the Zohar?
4 The Zohar: Midrash on the Torah 63
5 The Zohar Narrative 71
6 Mysticism of the Zohar 77
7 The Zohar in Historical Context 86
Pt. III Selected Themes within the Zohar
8 Creation and Origins 101
9 Between Worlds 109
10 Evil and the Demonic 116
11 Torah and Revelation 122
12 The Commandments 126
13 Avodah: The Life of Worship 134
14 The Tsaddiq and the Life of Piety 145
15 The Jewish People, Exile, and Messiah 151
Pt. IV The Zohar as Text
16 Special Sections of the Zohar 159
17 The Question of Authorship 162
18 The Language of the Zohar 169
19 Editing and Printing of the Zohar 174
20 Influence and Canonization of the Zohar 178
Bibliography 189
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