ISBN-10:
0691058334
ISBN-13:
9780691058337
Pub. Date:
04/19/1998
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Mystic Tales from the Zohar

Mystic Tales from the Zohar

by Aryeh WinemanAryeh Wineman

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Overview

Zohar, or "brilliant light," is the central text of Kabbalah. In Jewish mystical tradition, it is the meeting of midrash (storytelling that expands on events in the Bible) and myth. This selection offers original translations of eight of the most well developed narratives in the Zohar along with notes and detailed commentary. The tales deal with the themes of sin and repentance, death, exile, redemption, and resurrection. Most importantly, they are stories, they are literature, and here they are finally analyzed as such. Using comparative information, Aryeh Wineman places the tales in their historical and etymological contexts. He cites a variety of theorists of myth, including Otto Rank, C. G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell, all of whom sought to connect the motifs of the Zohar to universal motifs. He ties the stories to the tenets of Kabbalah, to one another, and to the world's universal symbols and meanings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691058337
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/19/1998
Series: Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology , #84
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Aryeh Wineman is a Rabbi at Temple Beth-El in Troy, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: On the Zoharic Story 3

Grief, Triumph, Expulsion 19

The Book of Adam: Two Accounts 35

The House of the World 57

Death Postponed 73

The Bridegroom's Silence 89

A Retelling of Jonah 107

A Tale of Sin and Repentance 127

A Child's Tears and His Father's Resurrection 143

About the Papercut Art: The Ten Sefirot 159

Glossary 167

Bibliography 173


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"Rather than merely identifying literary motifs in the stories, Wineman explains how these motifs convey metaphysical beliefs.... The volume is lovingly composed, meticulously edited and lucidly illustrated.... One could hardly ask for a fuller analysis.... A more reader-friendly book would be difficult to imagine."—Robert Segal, University of Lancaster

Robert Segal

Rather than merely identifying literary motifs in the stories, Wineman explains how these motifs convey metaphysical beliefs.... The volume is lovingly composed, meticulously edited and lucidly illustrated.... One could hardly ask for a fuller analysis.... A more reader-friendly book would be difficult to imagine.
Robert Segal, University of Lancaster

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