Mystic Tales from the Zohar
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Mystic Tales from the Zohar

by Aryeh Wineman, Aryeh Wineman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691058334

ISBN-13: 9780691058337

Pub. Date: 03/30/1998

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Zohar, or "brilliant light," is the central text of Kabbalah. In Jewish mystical tradition, it is the meeting of midrash (storytelling that expands on events in the Bible) and myth. This selection offers original translations of eight of the most well developed narratives in the Zohar along with notes and detailed commentary. The tales deal with the themes of sin

Overview

Zohar, or "brilliant light," is the central text of Kabbalah. In Jewish mystical tradition, it is the meeting of midrash (storytelling that expands on events in the Bible) and myth. This selection offers original translations of eight of the most well developed narratives in the Zohar along with notes and detailed commentary. The tales deal with the themes of sin and repentance, death, exile, redemption, and resurrection. Most importantly, they are stories, they are literature, and here they are finally analyzed as such. Using comparative information, Aryeh Wineman places the tales in their historical and etymological contexts. He cites a variety of theorists of myth, including Otto Rank, C. G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell, all of whom sought to connect the motifs of the Zohar to universal motifs. He ties the stories to the tenets of Kabbalah, to one another, and to the world's universal symbols and meanings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691058337
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/30/1998
Series:
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
735,036
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: On the Zoharic Story3
Grief, Triumph, Expulsion19
The Book of Adam: Two Accounts35
The House of the World57
Death Postponed73
The Bridegroom's Silence89
A Retelling of Jonah107
A Tale of Sin and Repentance127
A Child's Tears and His Father's Resurrection143
About the Papercut Art: The Ten Sefirot159
Glossary167
Bibliography173

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