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The best-selling author of The Essential Kabbalah now offers readers the best introduction to the Zohar.

The splendor and enigmatic appeal of the Zohar, the major text of the Jewish mystical tradition, has never intrigued readers of all faiths more than it does today. But how can we truly understand it?

Daniel C. Matt brings together in one place the most important teachings from the Zohar, the cornerstone of Kabbalahdescribed as a mixture of theology, mystical psychology, anthropology, myth, and poetryalongside facing-page stories, notes, and historical background that illuminate and explain the text. Ideal for the first-time reader with no prior knowledge of Jewish mysticism.

Guides readers step-by-step through the texts that make up the Zoharmidrash, mystical fantasy, commentary, and Hebrew scriptureand explains the inner meanings of this sacred text, recognized by kabbalists as the most important work of mystical teaching, in a way that is both spiritually enlightening and intellectually fascinating.

Dr. Daniel C. Matt is a highly respected authority on the Zohar and Kabbalah. He is the author of the best-selling The Essential Kabbalah (Harper San Francisco), Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment (Paulist Press), and God & the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science & Spirituality (Jewish Lights). Formerly professor of Jewish mysticism at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, Dr. Matt is currently living in Jerusalem and working on the first complete annotated English translation of the Zohar.

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