A River Flows from Eden: The Language of Mystical Experience in the Zohar

By Melila Hellner-Eshed; Nathan Wolski | Go to book overview
Contents
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction1
The Structure of This Book2
Methodological and Personal Reflections5
The Basic Structures of the Composition
and Its Performative Aspects
10
The Internal Coherence of the Zohar’s Language17
Definitions of Mysticism19
Overview of Zohar Research23
PART I THE ZOHAR’S HEROES:
RABBI SHIM’ON BAR YOḤAI AND THE COMPANIONS
29
1.The Figure of Rabbi Shim’on bar Yoḥai31
Rabbi Shim’on, Moses, and Rabbi Akiva37
Rabbi Shim’on in His Own Eyes42
In the Master’s Presence51
The Death of the Master53
2.The Companions of Rabbi Shim’on in Their Own Eyes62
“Those who entered and emerged”63
“The wise of heart”67
“Initiates of Matronita’s palace”: The Bridesmaids69
“The enlightened ones”75
Awakeners and Arousers80
“Those who turn darkness into light…”81

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