- Hardcover: 275 pages
- Publisher: Random House Inc; 1 edition (30 May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0609609270
- ISBN-13: 978-0609609279
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
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Essential Zohar Hardcover – 30 May 2002
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"This work is a remarkable achievement. It renders esoteric thought in so lucid a manner as to give the serious reader entry into the depths of human wisdom. It uncovers a range of possibility once thought to be more mythic than real. It offers us once and future knowledge, now more necessary than ever before."
--Jean Houston, author of A Mythic Life
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This work is a remarkable achievement. It renders esoteric thought in so lucid a manner as to give the serious reader entry into the depths of human wisdom. It uncovers a range of possibility once thought to be more mythic than real. It offers us once and future knowledge, now more necessary than ever before.
Jean Houston, author of A Mythic Life
From the Trade Paperback edition."
-This work is a remarkable achievement. It renders esoteric thought in so lucid a manner as to give the serious reader entry into the depths of human wisdom. It uncovers a range of possibility once thought to be more mythic than real. It offers us once and future knowledge, now more necessary than ever before.-
--Jean Houston, author of A Mythic Life
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Zohar is the primary Kabbalistic text. It has guided the way to the soul through mind body and prayer for centuries. This volume is a selection, made by the greatest authority on Jewish mysticism. It offers a sampling of its unique vision of the wonders of creation.See all Product description
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George Gallagher. Author of Jason and the Mysteries of Eleusis.
The Zohar proper contains a mystical commentary on the Pentateuch/The Torah,
written in Aramaic and Hebrew, which purports to be the composition of Rabbi Simon ben Yochai(2nd century C.E.), concerning the revelation the Almighty communicated to him.
If we allow that the pentateuchal portion or Zohar proper, is indeed to be dated from the 2nd century, then we are left with large sections of much later Pseudipigrapha which many eminent Kabbalah scholars have attributed to Moses de
Leon of Granada Spain, who made the collection available to the Public in
1300 C.E. Whereafter it became the fundamental Book of the Jewish Kabbalah,second only to the Bible in importance.
The frame of the Zohar if we can call it such, is interpolated and augumented with unique determinate tracts and formal discourses which as a corpus fabricate an irregular but comprehensive summary of Jewish esoteric literature and knowledge. This of course being centred on the Almighty's
nature,His character and His measurable scope.
The mystery of the Tetra-grammaton(i.e. the four letters of the unutterable
name of YHWH);the unfolding creative process of the Universe as an embodiment
of harmony and order.
Having attended thus, the very nature of the soul as the animating principle of human life, was treated alongside a dissertation on Heaven and
Hell. The latter theme exercised the consciousness and sub-consciousness of
the inner man, which vied with the several functions of Angels.
Following this was the necromantic practice of magic. Signs and causes respecting the astrological interpretations of heavenly bodies on human affairs was measured to a certain degree.
Ethical considerations loomed large, while there were also invocations to Prayer as a means to spiritual communion with God.
Equally, sombre challenges were encountered in the abstruse meanings of the precepts of the Decalogue and the rituals involved in formulary observance and its custom and practice.
To those who believe the Zohar in its entirety is a source book of Divine knowledge, I would point to others who see it as a bundle of mostly medieval superstition given credibility by the gullible.
What we can say with some degree of clarity, whatever our standpoint, is that its origins are unproven. Form critical methods have shown the collection to be the work of several hands, even if only in its redactive stages.
There is a hotchpoch of selective information given by Berg,even though he
trys to systematise the speculative and contradictory in his'Book of Splendour'. However, what pious readers need is a God centered ethic of sufficiency,not the philosophical debris of thought that clearly rely on wild
speculation and contain elements of Gnostic self-awareness.
Rav P. S.Berg makes his acceptance of the Zohar and its kabbalistic lore an unconditional premise. He wilfully disregards its uncertain provenance for the sake of a continuity that is untenable as the contents are without doubt composite and not from a single hand.
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