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The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume 6
Matt, Daniel C., translator

Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2011 pp. xiv + 452. $55.00


Description: Sefer ha-Zohar (The Book of Radiance) has amazed and overwhelmed readers ever since it emerged 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 fascinating mystical commentary on the Torah, from Genesis through Deuteronomy. This sixth volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition completes the Zohar's commentary on the book of Exodus. Some of the volume focuses on the Dwelling (or mishkan) built by Moses and the Israelites in the Sinai Desert. The mishkan symbolizes Shekhinah, the feminine presence of God who "dwells" on earth. The construction of the mishkan is intended to ensure Her intimacy with the peopleóand especially with Moses, who is actually called Her husband.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Exodus, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Other Rabbinic Works, Literature

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Review by Ralph K. Hawkins
Published 5/1/2015
Citation: Ralph K. Hawkins, review ofDaniel C. Matt, trans., The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume 6, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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