A Guide to the Zohar

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Stanford University Press, 2004 - Religion - 191 pages
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The Zohar is the great medieval compendium of Jewish esoteric and mystical teaching, and the basis of the kabbalistic faith. It is, however, a notoriously difficult text, full of hidden codes, concealed meanings, obscure symbols, and ecstatic expression. This illuminating study, based upon the last several decades of modern Zohar scholarship, unravels the historical and intellectual origins of this rich text and provides an excellent introduction to its themes, complex symbolism, narrative structure, and language. A Guide to the Zohar is thus an invaluable companion to the Zohar itself, as well as a useful resource for scholars and students interested in mystical literature, particularly that of the west, from the Middle Ages to the present.

 

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Contents

Prologue
3
A Brief History Until the Zohar
9
Midrash on theTorah
63
The Zohar Narrative
71
The Zohar in Historical Context
86
SELECTED THEMES WITHIN THE ZOHAR
99
i9 Editing and Printing of the Zohar
174
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Arthur Green is the Philip W. Lown Professor of Jewish Thought at Brandeis University. A historian of Judaism and also a theologian, Professor Green is the author of a number of works on Jewish mysticism and Jewish spirituality.

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