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Zohar by Daniel Chanan Matt
Book DescriptionSefer ha-Zohar (The Book of Radiance) has amazed and overwhelmed readers ever since it emerged mysteriously in medieval Spain toward the end of the thirteenth century. Written in a unique, lyrical Aramaic, this masterpiece of Kabbalah exceeds the dimensions of a normal book; it is virtually a body of literature, comprising over twenty discrete sections. The bulk of the Zohar consists of a running commentary on the Torah, from Genesis through Deuteronomy. This fourth volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition covers the first half of Exodus. Here we find mystical explorations of Pharaoh's enslavement of the Israelites, the birth of Moses, the deliverance from Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the Revelation at Mount Sinai. Throughout, the Zohar probes the biblical text and seeks deeper meaning-for example, the nature of evil and its relation to the divine realm, the romance of Moses and Shekhinah, and the inner meaning of the Ten Commandments. In the context of the miraculous splitting of the Red Sea, Rabbi Shim'on reveals the mysterious Name of 72, a complex divine name consisting of 216 letters (72 triads), formed out of three verses in Exodus 14. These mystical interpretations are interwoven with tales of the Companions-rabbis wandering through the hills of Galilee, sharing their insights, coming upon wisdom in the most astonishing ways from a colorful cast of characters they meet on the road.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780804757126
(6466mm x 4531mm x 43mm)
Imprint: Stanford University Press
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Daniel Chanan Matt
God & the Big Bang, Paperback (March 2016)
Draws on both science and theology, fact and belief, cosmology and Jewish mysticism, to discover the presence of God throughout the cosmos and in our everyday lives. This update of the award-winning first edition gives us a fresh look at the growing topic of science and spirituality and shows us how the universe is reflected in our very being.
God and the Big Bang, Paperback (September 1998)
Drawing on the insights of physics and Jewish mysticism, Daniel Matt uncovers the sense of wonder and oneness that connects us with the universe and God. He describes in understandable terms the parallels between modern cosmology and ancient Kabbalah. He shows how science and religion together can enrich our spiritual understanding.
Essential Kabbalah, Paperback (September 1996)» View all books by Daniel Chanan Matt
Many people are familiar with Kabbalah - Judaism's spiritual and mystical tradition. This account offers insights into the primary aspects of Jewish mysticism.
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Author Biography - Daniel Chanan Matt
Daniel C. Matt is a leading authority on Jewish mysticism. For over twenty years, he served as Professor of Jewish Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has also taught at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published ten books, including The Essential Kabbalah; Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment; Zohar: Annotated and Explained; and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality. Matt is also the translator of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume One, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume Two, winner, along with Volume One, of the Koret Jewish Book Award, and The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume Three.
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