Zohar: Annotated & Explained
Daniel Chanan Matt
SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2002 - Religion - 135 pages
The best-selling author of The Essential Kabbalah now
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.
The Essence of Torah
How to Look at Torah
The Creation of God
The Hidden Light
Male and Female
The Binding of Abraham and Isaac
All of Israel Saw the Letters
The Old Man and the Ravishing Maiden
The Gift of Dwelling
The Secret of Sabbath
The Aroma of Inﬁnity
God Israel and Shekhinah
The Wedding Celebration
Jacobs Garment of Days