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SEPHER YETZIRAH OR THE BOOK OF CREATION : Understanding the Gra Tree and Kabbalah [NOOK Book]

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The full Sefer Yetzirah (Hebrew, "Book of Formation," or "Book of Creation) is the title of the earliest extant book in Jewish esotericism. "Yetzirah" is more literally translated as "Formation"; the word "Briah" is used for "Creation". A cryptic story in the Babylonian Talmud states that "On the eve of every Shabbat, Judah ha-Nasi's pupils, Rab Hanina and Rab Hoshaiah, who devoted themselves especially to cosmogony, used to create a three-year-old calf by means of the Sefer ...
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SEPHER YETZIRAH OR THE BOOK OF CREATION : Understanding the Gra Tree and Kabbalah

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Overview

The full Sefer Yetzirah (Hebrew, "Book of Formation," or "Book of Creation) is the title of the earliest extant book in Jewish esotericism. "Yetzirah" is more literally translated as "Formation"; the word "Briah" is used for "Creation". A cryptic story in the Babylonian Talmud states that "On the eve of every Shabbat, Judah ha-Nasi's pupils, Rab Hanina and Rab Hoshaiah, who devoted themselves especially to cosmogony, used to create a three-year-old calf by means of the Sefer Yetzirah, and ate it on the Sabbath.
Mystics also assert that Abraham used the same method to conjur the calf prepared for the three angels who foretold Sarah's pregnancy in the Biblical account at Genesis 18:7. All the miraculous creations attributed to other rabbis of the Talmudic era are ascribed by rabbinic commentators to the use of the same book. In a manuscript in the British Museum, the Sefer Yetzirah is called the Hilkot Yetzirah and declared to be esoteric lore not accessible to anyone but the pious, and only to be used for Kabbalistic purposes.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012704153
  • Publisher: Ancient Wisdom Publications
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 753 KB

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The author of this book is not known, only speculations remain as the source.
The historical origin of the Sefer Yetzirah was placed by Reitzenstein in the second century BCE. According to Christopher P. Benton, the Hebrew grammatical form places its origin closer to the period of the Mishna around the second century CE. Jewish Lore attributes it to Adam, and that "[f]rom Adam it passed over to Noah, and then to Abraham, the friend of God.
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