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Review: Zohar

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Horse which is around lunchtime.
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Well, I’ve just finished Zohar: The Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah edited by Gershom Scholem.

It was an intense book and was frightfully challenging at times. Part of the challenge was due to a lack of cultural relevance. The book makes reference to all kinds of Jewish history and culture without any explanations. It felt as though I were missing huge chunks of important references.
But, that being said, what I was able to grasp was enormous. This book really put a new spin on the Old Testament for me. It made me think about allegory and allusion in a whole new light. The layers and layers of mythic and mystic knowledge that it hints at being concealed in the various Scriptures is both tantalizing and invigorating. And, perhaps most importantly of all, it has left me wanting more.

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