domingo, 19 de novembro de 2017

The Zohar –– Pritzker Edition, Volume 8 (Book review)

Title: The Zohar –– Pritzker Edition, Volume 8
Published by: Stanford University Press
Translation and Commentary by: Daniel C. Matt
Manufactured: United States of America
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 608
Official Website:

Direct Link to Volume Eight

I would like to start this review by pointing out that this is a very serious translation of the Zohar, an elaboration that took years of work and research on the part of Daniel C. Matt and his team of several scholars who have spared no effort to give the greatest number information of each passuk, each parashah, bringing reliable sources. Nowadays, there are many non-Jews readers interested in studying Kabbala, in this The Zohar edition people will have a basic and advanced notion of The Zohar; many people continue buying books from authors “lacking full knowledge about Torah Kabbalah”, so there is a suggestion to get books published by scholarly authors such as Daniel C. Matt and ask questions directly to orthodox Rabbis - The Zohar is a holy book of great holiness, bringing the hidden wisdom, these comments are a good help for understanding (within the spiritual level of each person), of course, even if the study of Kabbalah is forbidden, but as we all know, it is easy to find in stores and on the internet many books on Kabbala and the Zohar. The best I can do is recommended you consult a Rabbi [tzaddik] to learn about such wisdom.

What is relevant is the translation of the Aramaic / Hebrew and also the careful and impressive production of the Academic Committee more than 20 professional in this work and the excellent design of STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS.

This volume of The Zohar Pritzker Edition, Volume 8 consists of commentary on the end of Leviticus and the beginning of Numbers. We can study the Idra Rabba section. This fantastic edition of The Zohar not only presents an accurate translation of the text, but also an interpretation with insights, more accessible.The Aramaix text is available on the Website of Stanford University Press.

Brilliant expositions on complex subjects rendered easy by Daniel C. Matt, his wonderful ability to transmit profound ideas is amazing.

You can order this book directly from the publisher.

Daniel C. Matt is a leading authority on Jewish mysticism. For over twenty years, he served as Professor of Jewish Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has also taught at Stanford University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has published following books: The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume One and The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume Two Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment; Zohar: Annotated and Explained; The Essential Kabbalah; and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality as well as new editions of The Zohar. 

Reviewed by: Gilson Sasson.