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Zohar, Bereshith to Lekh Lekha: Or, Book of Light (Forgotten Books)

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ISBN: 9781605067469
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Date: 2008-02-02
Number of pages: 424
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Book Description:

"This is the only extensive translation of a portion of the Zohar, the longest and one of the most important texts of the Kabbalah[..]

The Zohar is a Kabbalistic commentary on the Hebrew Bible. Long before the 'Bible Code,' Jewish scholars were attempting to wring deep meaning out of every syllable of the text of the Hebrew Bible, using numerology, gematria, and other techniques. Dozens of pages in this book are devoted to analyses of the hidden meaning behind first few letters of Genesis! This might seem ultra-pedantic; however, the Zohar makes the Biblical text come to life, brimming with mystical significance. Seemingly unimportant details and turns of phrase, which you may have read long ago and forgotten, lead to immense vistas of a mysterious world inside the world.

This is not a critical edition; written by a pseudonymous Theosophist, probably British, it is laced with out-of-place terminology such as 'Karma' and 'Planes.' It nevertheless lets you wade in the rip current of one of the most magical of the world's sacred texts, and leaves you gasping for air and wanting more." (Quote from sacred-texts.com)

Table of Contents:

Publisher's Preface; Preface; Introduction; The Lily; The Occult Origin Of Alhim; The Mysticism Of The Alphabet; The Initiation Of Rabbi Hiya; The Mysterious Stranger; Abundant Goodness; Exposition Of Bible Mysteries; The Fourteen Precepts; Genesis; Chapter I.; Chapter ii.; Chapter iii.; Chapter iv.; The King's Palaces; On Israel Or The Children Of Light; The Prayer Of Rabbi Simeon; Previous Worlds And Races; Chapter ix.; Symbolisms Of Man; The Strange visitor; Symbolism Of The Divine Life And Human Destiny; Chapter xiii.; A Kabbalistic Symposium By Rabbi Simeon's Students; Chapter xv.; A Symposium Of Rabbi Simeon's Students; The Devachanic Or Heavenly Spheres; Higher Devachanic Or Heavenly Spheres; Rabbi Simeon's Discourse On Prayer; Devachanic Spheres And Mansions; Chapter xxi.; Chapter xxii.; Chapter xxiii.; Further Kabbalistic Expositions Of The Six Days Of Creation; Chapter xxv.; Chapter xxvi.; Chapter xxvii.; Rabbi Simeon's Analogies Of The Divine Life In Man; Chapter xxix.; The Two Serpents, Astral Fluid And The Animal Nature; A Further Symposium Of Rabbi Simeon's Students; Chapter xxxii.; Traditions Concerning Adam; Male And Female Created He Them; The Antediluvians And Their Magical Arts; Chapter xxxvi.; Of The Patriarch Henoch And The Sin Of The Antediluvians; The Divine Compassion; Chapter xxxix.; Traditions Concerning Noah; Chapter Xli.; Chapter Xlii.; Chapter Xliii.; Chapter Xliv.; Kabbalistic Explanation Of The Feast Of Tabernacles And The Loulab; The Occultism Of Sacrifices; A Vexata Questio In Biblical Philology; Kabbalistic Explanation Of The Goat Azazel; Rabbi Simeon's Reflections On The Supreme And Its Union With Human Souls; Chapter L.; The Occult Meaning Of The Six Hundred Years Of Noah's Life; Adam Sitting At The Gate Of The Garden Of Eden; Remarks On The Destroying Angel And The Antediluvians; Kabbalistic Remarks On The Covenant Or Union Of The Higher And Lower Self; Various Kabbalistic Expositions Of Biblical Texts; The Divine Lehaerot On Ezechiel's visions; The Mystery Of The Bow In The Cloud; Rabbi Jehuda's Discussion With The Merchant, On Jacob's Pillar; The Symbolism Of The Foundation Stone; Rabbi Simeon On Mysteries And The Higher Life; Symbolism Of The Colors Of The Bow In The Cloud; The Mystery Of The Cursing Of Canaan By Noah; Remarks On Predestination; Chapter Lxiv.; The Thaumaturgical Erection Of Solomon's Temple; The Mystery Of The Logos; The Idolatry Of The Postdiluvians; The Tower Of Babel; A Comparison Between Noah And Moses; Why The Animal Was Destroyed By The Deluge; The Gilgal Or Revolution Animarum; And Every Living Substance Was Destroyed Which Was Upon The Face Of The Ground. Gen. vii. 23;

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