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5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic
I got the kindle edition of this book because it wasn't very expensive and I needed something to read.Based on the title and cover art, and the fact that I'd not heard of the authors I was expecting it to be terrible hippy nonsense. It isn't. This is actually one of the best books on the subject I've read. It's more accessible than Margaret Barker or Raphael Patai, and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars So Many Typos in Kindle Edition...
This was an informative read, somewhat academic in style and a little dry and repetitive in places, but nevertheless well written and easy to read. However, I was disappointed by the large number of typos in the Kindle edition, many of which resulted in the creation of serious grammatical errors, probably due to the text being spell-checked but not grammar checked prior...
Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by CaSundara


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5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic, 14 Jun. 2013
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I got the kindle edition of this book because it wasn't very expensive and I needed something to read.Based on the title and cover art, and the fact that I'd not heard of the authors I was expecting it to be terrible hippy nonsense. It isn't. This is actually one of the best books on the subject I've read. It's more accessible than Margaret Barker or Raphael Patai, and the authors have an understanding and respect for the source material from a wide range of religious and magical traditions. It's the perfect introduction for anyone who isn't familiar with the topic, but also had much to add even to someone like me who has spent the last twenty years reading anything I can get me hands on about it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting,accurate,Technical, 6 April 2013
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Very well researched, technically accurate. Not an easy read unless you already have a basic knowledge of the Kabbalah/cabbalah/Qabbalah.
The book could do with a diagram of the Sephirotic tree - it's ok if you have one in front of you or know it by heart, but not if you're a beginner to the system.
The same could be said of the whole book - I really enjoyed it, but it's not for people just starting out with this system.
Sometimes read as a textbook, rather than a book to curl up with and relax. I did find it a good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Shekinah in context, 11 Oct. 2012
This review is from: The Cosmic Shekinah (Paperback)
This book is an excellent ground to explore what it's being called 'the female face of God' or the 'Hebrew Goddess', her role and qualities. It brings a lot of references from Kabbalistic and other texts, which can guide further exploration and it also completes the image of the Shekinah comparing her with other feminine divinities as Ashera and the Wisdom Goddess.
The Shekinah is not an easy figure, it is difficult to call her a Goddess and it is also difficult not to do it, this problem is well handled through the book. The book shows the Shekinah as an accessible figure for those who are not necessary related to a Jewish background by giving her the cosmic dimension, considering her a manifestation that permeates many cultures.
The Shekinah often appeared in mystical experiences, this was studied by Moshe Idel (`Kabbalah new perspectives') from a scholar perspective. Mystical experience is sometimes described as an experience of the feminine. For those who are interested in ecstatic practices, an understanding of the visions of the Shekinah can be very illuminating.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So Many Typos in Kindle Edition..., 1 Feb. 2013
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This was an informative read, somewhat academic in style and a little dry and repetitive in places, but nevertheless well written and easy to read. However, I was disappointed by the large number of typos in the Kindle edition, many of which resulted in the creation of serious grammatical errors, probably due to the text being spell-checked but not grammar checked prior to publication, so that words like 'made' weren't picked up, when in fact the authors intended to use the word 'make'. Sloppy. (Note to authors: online Grammarly software comes highly recommended!)

That said, for £3.18, this is a treasure-trove of information on the divine feminine principle and the history of 'her' role in religious thought, from Sumerian times to the present day. Crucially, this shows how Abrahamic religions, particularly Christianity and Islam, played down the importance of the feminine role, whilst women were made second-class citizens.

Interesting then that the rise in neo-paganism and natural religions worshiping the divine feminine principle has coincided with the rise in equality for women. From an agnostic perspective, the question is, does the Below reflect the Above, or is the reverse true?

3.5 Stars (rising to 4 once typos are removed).
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