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  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; Pritzker Ed edition (31 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804748683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804748681
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 768,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"According to a Zoharic formula, 'Everything depends on fortune, even the Torah scroll in the ark. 'We may apply this statement to the Zohar itself, which enjoys the good fortune of this new translation. Daniel Matt's work is superior to any other available translation of the Zohar because of its superb poetic language, the exegetical contribution of its copious notes, and its superior underlying Aramaic text, which was specially prepared by Dr. Matt from numerous original Zohar manuscripts and serves as the basis for his translation. Both the general English reader and scholars in the field of religious studies will benefit tremendously from this new series of volumes. Utile cum dulce."

" This sensitive commentary and translation of the classic text of Kabbalah is of foundational importance for an understanding of " Jewish mysticism.' " -- "Jewish Book World"

" A powerfully poetic rendition of this spiritual masterpiece. . . . Matt' s new "Zohar" is a classic already in its first two volumes. The edition alone, or the translation alone, or the commentary alone would be a major contribution. The whole is a work of art."
-- "Journal of the American Academy of Religion"

" While translation may be an art, it can also be genuine scholarship of the highest order. . . . Restoring the "Zohar" to our comprehension, these volumes are a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought."
-- Koret Jewish Book Award,
Philosophy and Thought, 2003-2004,
"The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volumes I and II"

0;This sensitive commentary and translation of the classic text of Kabbalah is of foundational importance for an understanding of 0;Jewish mysticism.7;1;2; "Jewish Book World"

0;A powerfully poetic rendition of this spiritual masterpiece. . . . Matt7;s new "Zohar" is a classic already in its first two volumes. The edition alone, or the translation alone, or the commentary alone would be a major contribution. The whole is a work of art."
2; "Journal of the American Academy of Religion"

0;While translation may be an art, it can also be genuine scholarship of the highest order. . . . Restoring the "Zohar" to our comprehension, these volumes are a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.1;
2;Koret Jewish Book Award,
Philosophy and Thought, 2003-2004,
"The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volumes I and II"

"This sensitive commentary and translation of the classic text of Kabbalah is of foundational importance for an understanding of "Jewish mysticism.'""Jewish Book World""

"While translation may be an art, it can also be genuine scholarship of the highest order. . . . Restoring the "Zohar" to our comprehension, these volumes are a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought."
Koret Jewish Book Award,
Philosophy and Thought, 2003-2004,
"The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volumes I and II""

"A powerfully poetic rendition of this spiritual masterpiece. . . . Matt's new "Zohar" is a classic already in its first two volumes. The edition alone, or the translation alone, or the commentary alone would be a major contribution. The whole is a work of art."
"Journal of the American Academy of Religion""

"More than a translation, this projected twelve-volume Pritzker edition amounts to an encyclopedia of the Zohar and is set to become one of the single most important contributions to the topic in the English-speaking world.""Times Literary Supplement""

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This sensitive commentary and translation of the classic text of Kabbalah is of foundational importance for an understanding of Jewish mysticism. Jewish Book World
While translation may be an art, it can also be genuine scholarship of the highest order. . . . Restoring the Zohar to our comprehension, these volumes are a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.
Koret Jewish Book Award,
Philosophy and Thought, 2003-2004,
The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volumes I and II"

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Mamish a great book, easy to follow, well presented, loads for meforshim, well priced, imperative limud & hotzlocha raba. Thanks.
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My Son requested this item as a christmas gift and is aiming to collect all ten volumes.It was received in good time and we were both well sarisfied
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unmatched! 14 May 2007
By Benjamin L. Tait - Published on Amazon.com
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This volume of the Zohar is just as awesome as the last one! Great job on the translation, Daniel Matt!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 15 Jun. 2014
By M. Colunga-Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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From Parshat Lekh-Lekha to Parshat Va-Yetse, you are in for a treat. The reasonings the insights the dialogue... if you do not come away with a sense of being totally ignorant... you have not read the book!
Being involved as I am with the study of the Hebrew text and history of the Torah, finding the commentary footnoted and researched such as these tomes present to the reader, all I can say is, Daniel C. Matt, truly has Someone watching over his shoulder... His ability to parse nuance, the notes are almost more valuable than the text itself! And the fact that the reconstructed Aramaic is provided as a download makes this series, this edition, invaluable! If you want to complete your understanding of what the matter of the Zohar is all about - GET THIS SET - I don't care if the books cost $100 apiece or more(!) or weigh a ton(!)... if you want to study the Zohar's depths - Get this set(!) I bought this volume (2) in 2004 as a pre-order (as I do all the volumes,) and with each new volume - I wait with anticipation for each, just as much as I did the first, knowing that with each new volume - an adventure in the Torah and the thinking of the Old Sages will be presented to me with freshness, and the proper sense of wonder it is meant to leave you with!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series BUT.. 5 Nov. 2013
By M. Alspach - Published on Amazon.com
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this series, I have read 1 - 4 so far, has been incredible.

the wisdom hidden between the lines (which is really only viewable in Hebrew) has been tremendously insightful, the nuances of the words is so so deep, more than most can imagine.

it's really easy to see why at one time the catholic church wanted to ban the bible and quran and institute this, though I am glad they didn't. The reason I say that is because true understanding will never come in only one language and in one series of books, but rather a conglomeration of all, but this series is probably the MOST enlightening of all of them.

I would recommend this series to anyone interested in the faith.

the only complaint I have about the series is that as a homeless and disabled man myself it hurts me to carry one of these on my back, and god knows I couldn't carry 2 or 3 as genesis and exodus are both 3 volumes each.

this REALLY needs put on the kindle, I can't keep buying the hardbacks, my back is growing soft from them, I am physically in pain from it, I wish Daniel C. Matt and Stanford press would show some compassion and put it on the kindle, but I guess they are worried about their "profits" and not their prophets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for the mind 8 May 2007
By lily - Published on Amazon.com
I bought the first 3 volumes at once and now have the pleasure of spending the next 5 years exploring the intricacies of the Zohar. Great detail and the deepest discussion of text I've ever seen. Bravo!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 14 Jan. 2014
By sharon robertson - Published on Amazon.com
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The Matt translation is clear and pristine and I find the commentary brings remarkable clarity. I chose the Matt Zohar Translation related to Matt's obvious simple desire to share this marvelous writing of Jewish antiquity with others who seek greater understanding of Torah.

Sharon Robertson
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