A River Flows From Eden: The Language of Mystical Experience in the Zohar
by Melila Hellner-Eshed, translated from the Hebrew by Nathan WolskiStanford University Press, Berkeley, California ©2009 469 pp.
"The world of mystical experience in the Zohar transpires amid the adventures of its heroes: Rabbi Shim'on bar Yahai and his circle of students. Through these figures and their stories, we are acquainted with the religious-emotional spirit that motivates and arouses them to create, expound, and act. In order to understand this world of experience, we first need to be familiar with the composition's heroes, and with the way they understand themselves and their destiny. (p. 29)
-- quote submitted by Jennifer Knight
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