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Zohar: Annotated & Explained / Edition 1
     

Zohar: Annotated & Explained / Edition 1

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by Daniel C. Matt, Andrew Harvey
 

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ISBN-10: 1893361519

ISBN-13: 9781893361515

Pub. Date: 06/01/2002

Publisher: Turner Publishing Company

The best-selling author of The Essential Kabbalah now offers readers the best introduction to the Zohar.

The splendor and enigmatic appeal of the Zohar, the major text of the Jewish mystical tradition, has never intrigued readers of all faiths more than it does today. But how can we truly understand it?

Daniel C. Matt

Overview

The best-selling author of The Essential Kabbalah now offers readers the best introduction to the Zohar.

The splendor and enigmatic appeal of the Zohar, the major text of the Jewish mystical tradition, has never intrigued readers of all faiths more than it does today. But how can we truly understand it?

Daniel C. Matt brings together in one place the most important teachings from the Zohar, the cornerstone of Kabbalah—described as a mixture of theology, mystical psychology, anthropology, myth, and poetry—alongside facing-page stories, notes, and historical background that illuminate and explain the text. Ideal for the first-time reader with no prior knowledge of Jewish mysticism.

Guides readers step-by-step through the texts that make up the Zohar—midrash, mystical fantasy, commentary, and Hebrew scripture—and explains the inner meanings of this sacred text, recognized by kabbalists as the most important work of mystical teaching, in a way that is both spiritually enlightening and intellectually fascinating.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781893361515
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Series:
SkyLight Illuminations Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
672,864
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xix
Introduction to the Zohar xxi
About the Translation and Annotation xxxi
Notes to the Introduction to the Zohar xxxiii

1. The Essence of Torah 3
2. How to Look at Torah 5
3. The Creation of God 11
4. The Hidden Light 15
5. Adam's Sin 19
6. Male and Female 21
7. Openings 25
8. The Binding of Abraham and Isaac 31
9. Joseph's Dream 37
10. Jacob's Garment of Days 45
11. All of Israel Saw the Letters 55
12. The Old Man and the Ravishing Maiden 59
13. The Gift of Dwelling 73
14. The Secret of Sabbath 83
15. The Aroma of Infinity 87
16. God, Israel, and Shekhinah 91
17. The Wedding Celebration 111

Notes 126
Glossary 130
Suggested Readings 133
Index of Zohar Passages 135
About SkyLight Paths 136

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Zohar: Annotated & Explained 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
El-Ad_Eliovson More than 1 year ago
The Zohar is one of the fundamental texts of Kabbalah. This volume by Daniel Matt - v.s. volumes of the Zohar he has translated - is recommended for those who want to survey the Zohar and taste highlights and excerpts. Reading the Zohar directly one will encounter a lot more information perhaps than one wants or can digest. This is the right book to start. It will allow the reader to experience a taste of what the Zohar is and goes directly to some of its gems. The book is recommended for beginners or as a gift to those interested in mysticism and getting closer to G-d. It is not written exclusive for or limited to a Jewish audience, i.e., anyone, from any background can get a glimpse into the Zohar through this text. Some sections of the book are formatted in a "side-by-side" fashion that the reader needs to get used to using; once oriented, the format helps you to understand the text on the facing page.