Suggested Reading - The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism - Daniel Chanan Matt

The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism - Daniel Chanan Matt (1996)

Suggested Reading

Ariel, David. The Mystic Quest: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism. New York: Schocken Books, 1992. A readable, comprehensive guide.

Bokser, Ben Zion, ed. The Jewish Mystical Tradition. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1993. An anthology of texts from biblical origins to the twentieth century.

Dan, Joseph, ed., and Ronald C. Kiener, tr. The Early Kabbalah. The Classics of Western Spirituality. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1986. Selections from the formative period of Kabbalah: twelfth- and thirteenth-century Provence and Spain.

Fine, Lawrence, ed. Essential Papers on Kabbalah. New York: New York University Press, 1995. A stimulating collection of studies by leading scholars in the field.

Fine, Lawrence, ed. “Kabbalistic Texts.” In Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts, edited by Barry W. Holtz, 304-59. New York: Summit Books, 1984. A clear, concise presentation of the development of Kabbalah and its symbolism.

Fine, Lawrence, ed, ed. and tr. Safed Spirituality: Rules of Mystical Piety, The Beginning of Wisdom. The Classics of Western Spirituality. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1985. A fascinating depiction of the mystical community of Sated and some of its leading personalities, along with a text of mystical ethics.

Green, Arthur, ed. Jewish Spirituality. Volume 1: From the Bible through the Middle Ages. Volume 2: From the Sixteenth-Century Revival to the Present. New York: Crossroad, 1986, 1988. A stimulating collection of studies by prominent scholars.

Idel, Moshe. Kabbalah: New Perspectives. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988. A groundbreaking, challenging work by a leading authority in the field.

Idel, Moshe. The Mystical Experience in Abraham Abulafia. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1988. A penetrating study of the prime representative of ecstatic Kabbalah.

Jacobs, Louis. Jewish Mystical Testimonies. New York: Schocken, 1977. A collection of first-person accounts of mystical experience.

Kaplan, Aryeh. Meditation and Kabbalah. York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser, 1982. A rich collection of texts presented by a practicing kabbalist.

Liebes, Yehuda. Studies in the Zohar. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993. Stimulating studies of the major work of Kabbalah by a leading authority in the field.

Matt, Daniel C. “Ayin: The Concept of Nothingness in Jewish Mysticism.” In Fine, Essential Papers on Kabbalah, 67-108.

Matt, Daniel C. “The Mystic and the Mitsvot.” In Green, Jewish Spirituality: From the Bible through the Middle Ages. 367-404. A study of the spiritual significance of religious action in Kabbalah.

Matt, Daniel C, ed. and tr. Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment. The Classics of Western Spirituality. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1983. Annotated, poetic translations of selections from the major work of Kabbalah.

Patai, Raphael. The Hebrew Goddess. 3d rev. ed. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1990. A biography of the feminine divinity, from her roots in the ancient Near East through the Kabbalah.

Scholem, Gershom. Kabbalah. Jerusalem: Keter, 1974. A collection of Scholem’s articles from the Encyclopaedia Judaica. The most comprehensive single volume on the Kabbalah, covering its historical development and major concepts and personalities.

Scholem, Gershom. Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism. 3d rev. ed. New York: Schocken, 1961. The classic work by the scholar who made Kabbalah accessible to the modern world.

Scholem, Gershom. On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism. New York: Schocken, 1965. Fascinating essays on Torah, myth, ritual, and other topics.

Scholem, Gershom. On the Mystical Shape of the Godhead. New York: Schocken, 1991. Superb essays on Shekhinah (the feminine aspect of God), good and evil, transmigration, and other topics.

Scholem, Gershom. Origins of the Kabbalah. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1987. Tracing the growth of Kabbalah from its beginnings through the middle of the thirteenth century.

Tishby, Isaiah and Fischel Lachower. The Wisdom of the Zohar: An Anthology of Texts. Three volumes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989. Annotated translations arranged thematically, with masterful, extensive introductions.

Wolfson, Elliot R. Along the Path: Studies in Kabbalistic Myth, Symbolism, and Hermeneutics. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995.

Wolfson, Elliot R. Circle in the Square: Studies in the Use of Gender in Kabbalistic Symbolism. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995. Two vibrant collections by an expert in the field.

Wolfson, Elliot R. Through a Speculum That Shines: Vision and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Mysticism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994. An enlightening treatment of visionary experience in a wide range of Jewish mystical texts.