Introduction to the Zohar - 02
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The Zohar, written in Castile, Spain in the late thirteenth century, is the foundational text of Kabbalah and may be considered the highest expression of Jewish literary imagination in the Middle Ages.Brimming with rich mythology and symbolic language it has been described by scholars of Jewish mysticism as a ‘mystical novel’ or a ‘sacred fantasy’. This multi-faced work can be read in many ways. For theologians, the Zohar's radical depiction of the divine has profound implications for religious life. For historians of religion, the Zohar’s complex relationship with Christianity and the coded terminology it deploys, sheds light on the subversive language of the powerless. For lovers of literature, the Zohar’s skillful use of magical realism and frame story puts it in conversation with similar literary genres of the time. For artists, the Zohar’s rich imagery reveals a linguistic sacred iconography.
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