- Paperback: 269 pages
- Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser; Revised edition (1 Jan. 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877286183
- ISBN-13: 978-0877286189
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bahir: Illumination Paperback – 1 Jan 1990
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
More About the Author
About the Author
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan was born in New York City and was educated in The Torah Voda'as and Mir Yeshivot in Brooklyn. After years of study at Jerusalem's Mir Yeshiva, he was ordained by some of Israel's foremost rabbinic authorities. He also earned a master's degree in physics and was listed in Who's Who in Physics in the United States. In the course of a writing career spanning only twelve years, Rabbi Kaplan earned a reputation as one of the most effective, persuasive, scholarly, and prolific exponents of Judaism in the English language. He died on January 28, 1983, at the age of 48. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Inside This Book(Learn More)
1. Rabbi Nehuniah ben HaKana said: One verse (Job 37:21) states, "And now they do not see light, it is brilliant (Bahir) in the skies . . . [round about God in terrible majesty]." Read the first page
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
The Bahir is not as well known or as famous as the Zohar. Kaplan has therefore done us a service in translating it here. The text is clearly and lucidly rendered into English. Obscure and baffling as it is at first, Kaplan provides and exhaustive commentary but also shows us how to read it - non linearly, like a lattice, with passages referring and echoing off each other everywhere. The Bahir is a beautiful book, full of the joy, wisdom and divine humanism of the Kaballah. A real book of hope.
My only regret is that Kaplan never did a version of the Zohar itself. It would have been so helpful!
I mention this history, because Kaplan is a practising kaballist and he accepts many of the traditional claims as to the kaballah's extreme antiquity and it's divine origins. For an alternative, more objective and scholarly but nevertheless sympathetic understanding of the real history, the works of Gershom Scholem would be preferred.
Where Kaplan excels, is in connecting with the mystical reality behind the tradition. He knows his stuff and unlike other contemporary kaballist, Philip Berg, he is teaching the Kaballah as Kaballah, not as a New Age money making machine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Of course, the text of the Bahir itself is not the work of Rabbi Kaplan, but more than half of this book consists of his analyses of the text and guide notes thereon. Read morePublished 23 months ago by GHH
However you must have prior knowledge of he Hebrew to really get any benefits from this, a very heavy and deep read....Published on 13 Feb. 2013 by Tut Ankh Amun
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Mind, Body & Spirit > Earth Based Religions > Witchcraft & Wicca
- Books > Mind, Body & Spirit > Occultism > Magic
- Books > Mind, Body & Spirit > Thought & Practice > New Age
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > Sacred Writings > Kabbalah
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > New Age > Earth-Based Religions > Magic & Alchemy
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > New Age > Earth-Based Religions > Wicca
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > New Age > Occult
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > Sacred Texts > Kabbalah