Research Seminar – An Unpublished Passage from the Zohar: A New Ending to the Halls of Holiness

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Date(s) - 23/04/2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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N_WalskiACJC Research Seminar Series

Nathan Wolski is lecturer in Jewish Studies at the ACJC, Monash University where he teaches Bible and comparative mysticism. He is the author of A Journey into the Zohar (SUNY Press, 2010), and translator and editior of volumes 10 and 12 of the Zohar: Pritzker Edition (Stanford University Press, in press).
As part of my work in producing a critical-ecclectic text of the Zohar, I combed through numerous manuscripts predating the printed editions of the composition. Usually this painstaking work enabled to identify and remove later glosses, correct errors and other minor emmendations. In one instance I located a new ending to a particular zoharic composition known as the Heikhalot, the celestials halls or palaces. This hitherto unpublished ending had not been read for four hundred years.