The Zohar, or Book of Splendour, is the foundation of the Kabbalah, the famous theosophical teaching central to Jewish mysticism, now increasingly popular. This marvellous book, attributed to a 2nd-century Rabbi, Schimeon Ben Yochai, was kept secret and was first brought to wider notice by a 13th-century Spanish Rabbi, Moses de León.
Kabbalah is the principal source and tradition of Jewish mysticism and has inspired centuries of mystical experience, influenced initially by personal encounters with God, such as those of Ezekiel and Moses in the Hebrew Bible. Its influence has penetrated Christian esotericism, and today Jews and non-Jews alike derive spiritual meaning from the Kabbalah.
This fine and authoritative translation of essential passages in The Zohar is by Samuel Liddel MacGregor Mathers, a key figure in the Order of the Golden Dawn.