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According to Rabbinic traditions, the letters that comprise the Torah do not primarily impart an historical narrative, but a cipher based on the letters themselves. Each letter is also a Hebrew word and an instruction for making a meaningful gesture with the hand. The gestures are related to the meanings of the letters, so that the letters in a line of Genesis spell out a sequence of meanings and a sequence of instructions for performing a contemplative dance with the hands. The dance reinforces and specifies the string of meanings. Behind the patterning that determines the sequence of letters lies a series of complexly interrelated geometrical images that in themselves provide metaphors for an ultimately satisfying intuition into the nature of creation and the divine.Thus the letter text is not simply a cipher for the meanings of the letters, but also contains ancient knowledge of both mathematical and cosmological/spiritual import. The title of the book covers many aspects of both the geometry and its meaning and is explicated throughout the text. The geometry is illustrated by numerous colour drawings that almost miraculously not only are related to fundamental symbols of the oldest level of the Jewish tradition, but prove to be relevant to other ancient traditions as well, ranging from Egypt, Islam, to India and the Orient.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781556437236
ISBN-10: 1556437234
Format: Paperback
(250mm x 190mm x mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States


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