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This book is full of gems and exposition on some hard to explain versus of the Bible. While most people read the prophets with confusion, Mr. Kaplan sheds some light on some common ground between them with his understanding of Hebraic idioms and command of the language finding links where otherwise there were none. His knowledge of extra-biblical sources is invaluable to understanding the concept and practice of meditation within the Bible. For the complexity inherently contained in this subject, Mr. Kaplan writes in a manner that is easy to follow and understand, yet doesn't leave the reader incomplete. This book is a necessary compliment to his work "Jewish Meditation" and a primer to "Meditation and Kabbalah."
From the editor: A highly radical interpretation of the Bible, but at the same time, one solidly based, both on the text itself and on ancient Kabbalistic teachings. One of the greatest mysteries of the Bible involves the methods used by the Prophets to attain their unique states of consciousness. Almost all of the Bible was authored by the Prophets while they were in such higher states, but virtually nothing is said about how these states were attained. In this remarkable book, Aryeh Kaplan draws from the entire spectrum of Kabbalistic literature, including many ancient unpublished manuscripts, to demonstrate how meditation played a key role in the methods used by the Prophets. All sources are cited, and many of the more important texts are quoted verbatim in translation.
Combining these ancient Kabbalistic teachings with modern research into the theory of meditation, the author explores such areas as the prophetic position, the mystery of the Cherubs, the role of music, as well as the various disciplines and mantras employed by the Prophets. Of particular importance is the interpretation of Ezekiel's vision, which is the paradym of the mystical experience, as well as the primary source of all subsequent Kabbalistic teachings. Biblical sources for the Ten Sefirot and Four Universes are discussed in detail.
The last section, "Verbal Archeology," seeks to reconstruct the biblical vocabulary used to describe mystical methods and higher states of consciousness. This section alone promises to revolutionize contemporary bible scholarship.
Special Interest: Kabbalah, Cosmology, Metaphysics, Occultism, Jewish Mysticism, Religion.