The Holy Kabbalah

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This comprehensive and well-documented guide to the arcane Jewish tradition of mysticism was written by one of Britain's foremost writers on occult subjects. Enthusiastic in tone and grounded in scholarship, it presents and comments upon the mystic tradition's fundamental ideas. Author A. E. Waite's extensive and lucid history embraces the literature of the Kabbalah (including the Sepher Yezirah and Zohar and their central ideas), its foremost interpreters, its impact on Christian scholars, and its reputation as ...

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Overview

This comprehensive and well-documented guide to the arcane Jewish tradition of mysticism was written by one of Britain's foremost writers on occult subjects. Enthusiastic in tone and grounded in scholarship, it presents and comments upon the mystic tradition's fundamental ideas. Author A. E. Waite's extensive and lucid history embraces the literature of the Kabbalah (including the Sepher Yezirah and Zohar and their central ideas), its foremost interpreters, its impact on Christian scholars, and its reputation as "the secret tradition." Waite's thought-provoking analysis includes a rejection of proposals by earlier occultists that many esoteric practices — alchemy, astrology, and Freemasonry, for instance — are founded on or are integral to Kabbalah. Introduction by Kenneth Rexroth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486432229
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/21/2003
  • Series: Dover Occult Series
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 324,686
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Book I Post-Christian Literature of the Jews
Book II Source and Authority of the Kabbalah and the Age of the Chief Texts
Book III The Written Word of Kabbalism: First Period
Book IV The Written Word of Kabbalism: Second Period
Book V The Doctrinal Content of the Kabbalah in Respect of God and the Universe
Book VI Hierarchies of Spiritual Being
Book VII Ways of God with Man
Book VIII The Higher Secret Doctrine
Book IX The Written Word of Kabbalism: Third Period
Book X Some Christian Students of the Kabbalah
Book XI The Kabbalah and Other Channels of Secret Tradition
Book XII Final Considerations
Appendix I Sephirotic Developments 605
Appendix II The Four Worlds in Later Kabbalism 610
Appendix III The Instruments of Creation 612
Appendix IV Divine Names 617
Appendix V Phases of the Soul 619
Index 621
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