Kabbalah: The Untold Story of the Mystic Tradition

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Council Oak Books, Mar 1, 2004 - Religion - 288 pages
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When you read the Da Vinci Code did you wonder about numerology and the meaning of ancient symbols? Kabbalah, which reveals the true story of many ancient mystical sects, is an accessible book filled with the story, history and an expert easy-to-follow, interpretation of this mystic tradition. Hebrew scholar Kenneth Hanson tells the enthralling story of Kabbalah -- the sacred writings of the Jewish Mystics. This story took place over three millennia as the Kabbalah gave rise to the mystic strains of Judaism and Christianity. Hanson follows this amazing history, from the appearance of the early Kabbalists like the Teacher of Righteousness of 200 B.C. to Brooklyn's Hasidic rabbis of today. He explores the meaning of Kabbalist mysteries: the sacred Name of God with its immense creative power, secret understandings of the Creation, the Four Worlds, the Kabbalistic art of numerology, and the practice of magic that developed from Kabbalistic studies. Kabbalah interweaves Kabbalist writings with the story of its writers, sages whose migrations lead us on a mystical adventure through time and across many lands and cultures.

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