The Zohar: Translation and commentary by Nathan Wolksi

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Abstract

The tenth volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition presents Midrash ha-Ne'lam on the Torah, the earliest texts of the Zoharic corpus and first fruits of the Zoharic world. In contrast to the main body of the Zohar, Midrash ha-Ne'lam is composed in both Aramaic and Hebrew; its style combines philosophical allegory and kabbalistic midrash.

Particularly noteworthy is the extended allegorical interpretation of the patriarchal narratives. They are read as an account of the descent of the soul, its adventures on earth, and its wandering journey after death, finally culminating in its reunion with the perfected body following resurrection. Quintessential Zoharic motifs such as "walking on the way" and the "nocturnal delight in the Garden of Eden" make their first appearances here. The volume also includes many short narratives featuring the "Masters of Mishnah," a group of sages possessing esoteric knowledge of the soul and the cosmos, the forerunner of the Zoharic fellowship.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationStanford CA USA
PublisherStanford University Press
Number of pages637
ISBN (Print)9780804788045
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameZohar: The Pritzker Editions
PublisherStanford University Press
Volume10

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Wolski, N. (2016). The Zohar: Translation and commentary by Nathan Wolksi. (Zohar: The Pritzker Editions; Vol. 10). Stanford University Press.