The Zohar 3: Pritzker Edition

The Zohar 3: Pritzker Edition

by Daniel Matt
     
 


This third volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition completes the Zohar's commentary on the book of Genesis. Here we find spiritual explorations of numerous biblical narratives, including Jacob's wrestling with the angel, Joseph's kidnapping by his brothers, his near seduction by Potiphar's wife, his interpretation of Pharaoh's dreams, and hisSee more details below

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This third volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition completes the Zohar's commentary on the book of Genesis. Here we find spiritual explorations of numerous biblical narratives, including Jacob's wrestling with the angel, Joseph's kidnapping by his brothers, his near seduction by Potiphar's wife, his interpretation of Pharaoh's dreams, and his reunion with his brothers and father.

Throughout, the Zohar probes the biblical text and seeks deeper meaning—for example, the divine intention behind Joseph's disappearance, or the profound significance of human sexuality. Divine and human realities intertwine, affecting one another.

Toward the end of Genesis, the Bible states: Jacob's days drew near to die—an idiomatic expression that the Zohar insists on reading hyperliterally. Each human being is challenged to live his days virtuously. If he does, those days themselves are woven into a garment of splendor; at death, they "draw near," enveloping him, escorting him to the beyond.

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 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 the Zohar consists of a running commentary on the Torah, from Genesis through Deuteronomy.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Daniel Matt's translation of the Zohar is a masterful approach to one of the most enchanting and intriguing texts of religious literature. . . . This new volume will be read and reread with delight and fervor by teachers and students alike."—Elie Wiesel

"An epochal event. . . . This work of learning will free us from the errors and misrepresentations that have long existed in almost all the popular accounts of the Zohar. We shall have this text in which the Zohar appears in all of its spiritual depth."—Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg

"Daniel C. Matt is giving us what I hardly thought possible: a superbly fashioned translation and commentary that opens up the Zohar to the English-speaking world. . . . The lucidity and overwhelming relevance of Matt's Zohar . . . will provide both common and uncommon readers with access to a work capable of changing the consciousness of those who enter it."—Harold Bloom, Yale University

Library Journal
The Zohar is Judaism's best-known mystical text. It is also one of Judaism's most impenetrable texts written in obscure Aramaic. This new translation by Matt, a leading authority on Jewish mysticism, attempts to make this Kabalistic work more accessible to English speakers and free them from the errors and misrepresentations that exist in almost all popular accounts. The Zohar is often looked upon as the culmination of rabbinic studies, proper for only the most advanced rabbinic learners who have been initiated by living teachers via oral transmission, and who have invested time and energy into mastering the course of studies leading up to such a difficult, abstruse, and demanding text. Still, the American reader who wants a taste of the text will find no better window into the Zoharic world than this third volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, which wraps up the Zohar's commentary on the book of Genesis. Here the reader learns about well-known biblical narrative stories including Jacob's wrestling with the angel at Peniel, Joseph's kidnapping by his brothers, his near seduction by Potiphar's wife, his interpretation of Pharaoh's dreams, his reunion with his brothers and father, etc. All libraries should invest in purchasing the whole set of the Pritzker Zohar (Vol. 1: ISBN 0-8047-4747-4. $45; Vol. 2: ISBN 0-8047-4868-3. $45), which will soon replace other popular editions such as the one published by Soncino. [Further information, sample text, and photos are available at www.sup.org.-Ed.]-David B. Levy, Ph.D., MLS, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804752107
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
12/21/2005
Series:
Zohar: Pritzker Edition Series, #3
Edition description:
1
Pages:
600
Sales rank:
478,054
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.80(d)

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