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Zohar #02: The Zohar

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Sefer 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 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 translation begins and focuses here in what are projected to be ten volumes. Two subsequent volumes will cover other, shorter sections.

The Zohar's commentary is composed in the form of a mystical novel. The hero is Rabbi Shim'on son of Yohai, a saintly disciple of Rabbi Akiva who lived in the second century in the land of Israel. In the Zohar, Rabbi Shim'on and his companions wander through the hills of Galilee, discovering and sharing secrets of Torah.

On one level, biblical figures such as Abraham and Sarah are the main characters, and the mystical companions interpret their words, actions, and personalities. On a deeper level, the text of the Bible is simply the starting point, a springboard for the imagination. For example, when God commands Abraham, Lekh lekha, Go forth... to the land that I will show you (Genesis 12:1), Rabbi El'azar ignores idiomatic usage and insists on reading the words more literally than they were intended, hyperliterally: Lekh lekha, Go to yourself! Search deep within to discover your true self.

At times, the companions themselves become the main characters, and we read about their dramatic mystical sessions with Rabbi Shim'on or their adventures on the road, for example, an encounter with a cantankerous old donkey driver who turns out to be a master of wisdom in disguise.

Ultimately, the plot of the Zohar focuses on the ten sefirot, the various stages of God's inner life, aspects of divine personality, both feminine and masculine. By penetrating the literal surface of the Torah, the mystical commentators transform the biblical narrative into a biography of God. The entire Torah is read as one continuous divine name, expressing divine being. Even a seemingly insignificant verse can reveal the inner dynamics of the sefirot—how God feels, responds and acts, how She and He (the divine feminine and masculine) relate intimately with each other and with the world.

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Please see the Zohar Home Page for ancillary materials, including the publication schedule, press release, Aramaic text, questions, and answers.

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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

About the Author

Daniel Matt is widely thought to be the best translator of the Zohar into English. His works include Zohar, The Book of Enlightenment (Paulist Press, 1983)—a selection of Zohar passages presented in English—and The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism (Harper San Francisco, 1995). Dr. Matt has recently returned to the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, after a period of work in Jerusalem.

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KIER8, November 11, 2008 (view all comments by KIER8)
In "Zohar Pritzker Edition Volume 2" Graduate Theological Union [Berkeley. CA] Professor of Jewish Spirituality Daniel C. Matt coninues his masterful translation of this Aramaic classic of Kabbalah through Genesis 32:3. Matt's copious commentary and notes based on extensive research of both published and manuscript Jewish scholarship makes this work essential even for scholars who can read Aramaic. This fine edition is a feather in Stanford University Press' cap.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780804748681
Translator:
Matt, Daniel C.
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Translator:
Matt, Daniel C.
Translator:
Matt, Daniel
Author:
Matt, Daniel C.
Author:
Matt, Daniel
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Cabala
Subject:
REL040060
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
The Zohar: Pritzker Edition
Series Volume:
02
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
472
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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Please see the Zohar Home Page for ancillary materials, including the publication schedule, press release, Aramaic text, questions, and answers.

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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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