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The seventeenth path is called the Disposing Intelligence, It disposes the devout to perseverance and thus prepares them to receive the Holy Spirit. The nineteenth path is called the Intelligence of the Secret or of all spiritual activities.

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The fulness which it receives derives from the highest benediction and the supreme glory. The twentieth path is called the Intelligence of Will. It prepares all created beings, each individually, for the demonstration of the existence of the primordial glory. The twenty-first path is called the Rewarding Intelligence of those who seek.

It receives the divine influence, and it influences by its benediction all existing things. The twenty-second path is called the Faithful. It constitutes the substance of creations in pure darkness. By the greatness of whose abundance the influx of good things upon created beings is increased.

Intelligence, because spiritual virtues are deposited and augment therein, until they pass to those who dwell under the shadow thereof. Thetwenty-fourth path is called the Imaginative It is the ground of Intelligence. The twenty-fifth path is called the Intelligence of Temptation or Trial, because it is the first tempta tion by which God tests the devout.

The twenty-sixth path is called the Renewing Intelligence, for thereby God blessed be He! Intelligence, for thence is created the spirit of every creature of the supreme orb, and the activity, that is. Intelligence, whereby the nature of everything found in the orb of the sun is completed and perfected.

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The twenty-ninth path is called the Corporeal. All the changing things which are renewed by the creation of the world. The twenty-seventh path is the Exciting Intelligence, and it is. This path is omitted both in the text of Rittangelius and in Westcott s version. Intelligence informs every body which is incor ; it. The thirtieth path is called the Collective Intelli gence, for thence astrologers, by the judgment of the stars and the heavenly signs, derive their speculations.

The thirty-first path is called the Perpetual Intel. Why is it so called? Because it rules the movement of the sun and the moon according to their constitution and causes each to gravitate in its. The modern accent of this tabulation will occur at once to the reader, but its quotation was necessary to exhibit the intellectual profit believed to follow from the study of Kabalism, and still more that it was in the last resource the understanding of man methodised,!

The rca-on assigned is that path thirty-one corresponds to the Hebrew letter Shin Sh , which represents the is the magic lamp, or the light between the horns of Baphomet. Kabalktir -L;n of iod or the Astral Light, with its two poles and equili brated centre. La Clef des Grand My stercs, p. It is needless to say that the Sepher. Yetzirah and its developments have nothing to do with alchemy. For the sake of completeness, and because an occult importance has been attributed to it, though in the absence of any real warrant, a word may be added.

It is referable to Binah, the third. Sephira, and is an attempt to sketch the outlines of universal science, to embrace, as Eliphas Levi observes, possible departments of all knowledge and to represent the whole encyclopaedia. At the present. There is, however, no intention to methodise human science after the impossible manner of. Raymond Lully and his Ars Magna Sciendi. I infer also that, in spite of the exalted themes which are included in the scheme, it concerns only intellectual knowledge, acquired by the external way, and thus constitutes a kind of scholastic introduction to the.

The consultation of this chapter was accompanied by prayers extracted from the divine name in question, and, according to Kircher, by suitable ceremonies. The Gates of Understanding, considered as an introduction to the Paths of Wisdom, which diverge, as we haveseen, from Chokmah, are essential to the higher knowledge approached by these. It is said that Moses did not attain to this, the fiftieth, gate, and some stress seems to be laid on this point, one would think a little superfluously, as it is obvious that what is beyond all finite capacity must have ueen beyond the law-giver of Israel.

The scheme of the Gates of Understanding is late in Kabalism it is found in the treatise entitled ;. Joseph Gikatilla ben Abraham. Church, Ecclesia Israel, and brings us back to that place called mystically Zion and Jerusalem, in which the divine is communicated to man, as stated in the fourth section of this book. It is by little gleams of suggestion of this kind that the barren science of Gematria is illuminated occasionally. It remains for us to present in brief outline the doctrine of spiritual essences according to Jewish theosophy. This is, perhaps, the favourite and certainly the most recurring subject of the Zohar, and it is this also which was destined to receive fuller development than any other in the later literature of Kabalism.

The history of its growth is also worth noting. Pre-existence and the subdivision of the spiritual nature are found in the. Talmud, but the Sepher Yetzirah has nothing to tell us on the subject, and there is very little in the first commentators on that treatise. It remains, therefore, that the fascinating hypothesis with which we are here dealing is in the main a late growth. The latter cycle may be regarded, broadly speaking, as the chief source of pneumatology in.

Kabalism proper. The indications contained therein became a vast and ponderous system in the schools of Isaac de Loria and Moses of Cordova. This system has at all times exercised the greatest influence on occultists, and, chiefly, perhaps, because it has been made available in Latin by Rosenroth, has superseded that of the Zohar itself. Franck states that it is not true Kabalism and hints that it is full of distorted rabbinical reveries, but it may be doubted whether there is any real canon of criticism. The later. We have seen that the world of Briah is that of Creation so-called, that is, of the emanation of creative forces.

These forces are the Elohim, and Uriah is. When man descends namely, into this world the inferior there are found him two spirits, according to the supernal form. As from the right side he has a holy mind, as from the left an animal soul. Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, Metatron and so forth, are deities according to the Kabalah. In a general way it may perhaps be affirmed that the intelligent forces of the Briatic world, when assumed, so to speak, by the divine world, may be regarded as the Elohim. Thus, according to Kabalism, the three men who appeared to Abraham in the vale of Mamre to announce the destruction impending over the cities of the plain were three.

Of the hierarchy of spiritual beings outside. The archangels of Briah, corresponding to the exten sion of the Sephiroth in that world, are usually enumerated as follows :. Demiourgos, following presumably the heterodox opinions of the Talmudic R. Franck also regards him as a divine hypostasis. Kabbala Denudata, Apparatus, i. Doctrinal Content of the gabalah As the Sephirotic forces of the Atziluthic world are.

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The world of Yetzirah or Formation is said to be that of the angels, who are divided into nine choirs, which are very nearly identical with the hierarchy of pseudo-Dionysius, whose scheme has become part of Christianity. See the Mantua edition, iii. Dionysius and the Kabalah both derive from Neoplatonism, but Greek and Hebrew thought had joined hands before the date of the Areopagite.

Dionysius, perhaps, may be taken to represent the point of contact between Hellenism and Jewry after modification by Christianity. The Kabalah may represent, but at a much longer distance, in the form of extant literature, the point of contact between its. Hellenism and Israel unmodified by Christianity.

According to the most usual attribution the choirs of Yetzirah are as follows :. Ezekiel, corresponding to Chokmah and the Cherubim. Tiphereth and the Virtues.

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The tenth order required to complete the Sephirotic attribution is found in the ISHIM, or beatified souls of just men, corresponding to Malkuth and the great multitude of the redeemed seen by St. John in the Apocalypse. These orders are also summarised in the notion of a third Adam, Yetzirah represented by the Malkuth of the Yetziratic world, man in the iiKeness of die. The world of Assiah, or of matter, is that into which Adam descended at the Fall, the abode of the the Shells, Envelopes and Cortices of the evil spirits,.

They are usually enumerated as follows :. This is properly the of the averse Scphira corresponding to Kethcr. Satan and Moloch are said to be the arch-demons, but the attributions are hope lessly confused throughout, partly owing to the obscure classifications of the Zohar and the contra dictions of later Kabalists.

Ihrc Hauptlehren und ihr vcrhaltniss zu Christcnthutn. Innshruch, This averse Sephira corresponds to Chokmak. This explanation is, of course, very late. The Dukes of Esau are also connected with this number. The Dukes of Esau are referred to this number, instead of to the averse correspondence ofChokmah, by the same work. GOLAB, or burning, m the sense of incen diarism. This is the averse correspondence of Geburali and the antithesis of the Seraphim or Fiery.

The cortex is UsiEL. The Sephirotic attributions are obscure and incomplete,. According to the Zohar she is a strygc who slays infants. The psychological doctrine concerning the nature of man is of greater interest. It is now a matter of general knowledge that the belief in the soul s immortality, which is not found in the Pentateuch or the prophets, was held by the Jews in later times in connection with that of the resurrection of the body. Simeon ben Jochai in Tikkunim, or No. See Beth Elohim, by R. Abraham Cohen Irira, c. See A. Second ed. Doctrinal Content of the Jiabulah Others incline to the notion that were they acquired by the Jews in Babylon.

In the Graeco- Egyptian period it was, of course, impossible that the learned rabbins of Alexandria should not have been acquainted with the great speculation of a future life. In one way or another it was inevitable that the Jews should have acquired it, which they did accordingly, and the particular date or circumstances are a minor question, about which there can be no The certainty. This i, not quite accurate, as that article concerns the resurrection only. KMM- the Creator, l. These divisions are the animal nature,.

NepJiesh f the rational nature, Ruach and the seat ; ;. The system is, however, in reality far more complicated. In the first place,. There is thus a Neshamah of Nephesh, which is the. J The whole together is, according to the Zohar, the living man in this world. It may be gathered.

The true. The Kabalah also holds that the higher rules the lower. Compare Mrs. I find this. The text will explain further in what sense Nephesh is and is not the. The German Kabalist, Carl de Leiningen, in a communication addressed to the Munich Psychological Society, includes the material body under the Nephesh division. There can be no question that this view has the countenance of the Sepher Yetzirah by which the term is applied to the human body as long as it is alive.

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Rosenroth, however, identifies Nephesh with Psyche, the. He regards it also as the Anima vivens of the Zoharic Supplements. Apparatus, Kabbala Demidata, i. The junction of RuacJi with the natural man constitutes a state to which the term CJiiah is given by the Kabalists. The junction of Neshamah with both adds another principle termed JecJiidaJi.

Jcchidah, Ckiah and Neshamah are also said to be the highest triad. The doctrine of the four worlds suggests, however, that there is a still more exalted part of man, coresponding to Atziluth, and of which the Neshamah is only a shadow reflected. This is called Tsure, which Prototype, and it never signifies. But its immediate connections in Israel are with the Ten Degrees of contemplation described in the Babylonian Talmud, and with the later ritual of the Pardes.

In the hands of the later Kabalists Zoharic pneu-. The Sephirotic attribution of the triple triad and the supernal part is,. It is a part of Kaljalistic teaching that the path of ecstasy is nt entirely closed to man even in this which may to some extent be held to life,. Zohar i, 60 et Mantua. Isaac de Loria, and the operation of the ten Sephiroth is elaborated in each of the ten divisions. It is not. It should be added that the Zohar teaches the. J It will be seen that the doctrines of the Kabalah,.

There is nothing in the doctrine of of a tradition delivered from generation to generation,. Later writers introduced the idea of transmigration. J In a general sense Mr. The doctrine of the at most a degree Sephiroth, on the other hand, is. At the epochs when these theories were possible they were serious and excellent in their intention, and up to that point their interest. To revive them at the present day is beside all reason.

Its pneumatology is. It may be mentioned in conclusion that the reader who has a little knowledge of Hebrew will do well to consult the curious diagrams as well as the Latin text of the rare fourth part of Rosenroth s Apparatus in Librum Sohar. Akiba, as tradition affirms. There is no solid evidence to support the theory that R. Moses de Leon wrote the Zohar at the end of the thirteenth century. At the same time, the belief of occult students that these works represent a tradition dating from an early period of history has also little to support it. The attempts to refer the Kabalah in a direct manner to some prior philosophical system must be largely set aside ; it has its antecedents everywhere, but its analogies with other systems are referable to a natural similarity between independent conclusions on fundamental.

Antecedent Jewish influence through the school of Aristobulus and Philo must not be but also overlooked, it must not be exaggerated. The Kabalah is sui generis. It has itsscholastic connections, and it has its Mohammedan corre. If there be any preponderance in a given direction, its sphere of influence has been Christian rather than Jewish. WE now in possession of the most important are elements of Kabalistic doctrine and the chief heads of its philosophical instruction. This collection is that. Kabalism, tabulates the following classification in the Dictionnaire de la Conversation, s.

The work of Creation that is, the Sepher Yetzirah was known, as we have ground for believing, to at least one Christian student so far back as the middle of the ninth century, but there was no consequence attached to it for Christen dom. The Sepher Yetzirah is supposed to embody a tradition handed down from the time of Abraham, and there is no doubt that the uncritical spirit of several centuries represented the patriarch as its author.

That he received and he transmitted it was undoubtedly held, but the work itself does not pretend to have been reduced to writing till after the destruction of Jerusalem, and tradition has ascribed its formal authorship to Rabbi Akiba ben Joseph, the pupil of R. Joshua ben Chananja, who was himself the successor, as he was also once the opponent, of Rabban Gamaliel.

There nothing flagrantly impro is. Akiba was a mystic with whose notions the scheme of the Sepher Yetzirah was in complete accordance, and he is the reputed author of another work dealing with the mysteries of the Hebrew alpha-. In the twelfth century, K. Subsequent generations were so impressed by his marvellous knowledge of divine things that he was asserted to have discovered much of which even Moses was ignorant, which, in the sense not intended, is indubitably true.

If we admit the existence of a secret tradition in Israel, we shall not need to question that Akiba was initiated. J Nor is the date essentially disagreeable to a moderate criticism ; it. It is called the alphabet of Akiba, being the letters. Buxtorf says that it was printed at Cracovia in , with a Commentarius Prolixus.

See Bibliotheca Hebraa Rabbinica. Basilia, , 4 vols. An earlier edition of the. Alphabet appeared at Venice in See Bartolocci, iv. History of the Jewish Nation. Nicolas admits the date necessary but not the authorship it suggests, on the ground that Akiba was a rigid and head-strong doctor of the Law and not likely to indulge in speculative lucubrations. This estimate, with which it is difficult to agree, has also the authority of Franck, on the ground that the Talmud reproaches Akiba for his incommensurate notions of God, but Franck is possibly more influenced by his belief in the earlier origin of the work.

La Kabbah, p. Quite independently of occult prepossessions it has been argued that the language of the Sepher Yetzirah is a Hebrew wholly analogous to that of the Mishnah. We must remember also that a Sepher Yet- zirah is mentioned in both Talmuds in connection with. Midrashim, a term derived from a root signifying to seek out or to question.

Munk also takes this view in the article s. Kabbah, contributed to the ninth volume of the Dictionnaire de la. Conversation et de la Lecture, Paris, Archbishop of Lyons, and wrote against trials by ordeal and other superstitions of his period. Despite this apparent enlightenment he figures among the persecutors of Jewry. See Basnage, Histoire des fuifs, t. In the first, the Jews are branded for their gross notions of the Deity, on the ground lhat they believe Him to be possessed of a bodily form, having distinct members and lineaments, including organs of seeing, hearing, speaking and so forth also that they note ;.

It seems certain that St. Agobaid chaws here from the Description of the Body of God. Patrologia Cursus Completes. Paris, , p. We have next to distinguish between the date which may be surmised for the treatise and that which must perhaps be attributed to the teaching embodied therein. Have we any ground for believing that the doctrine of the Sepher Yetzirah is older than the.

Egyptian captivity, as its legend affirms? This question must be answered by an emphatic negative. The doctrine under notice gives prominence to the sacred and divine character of the Hebrew alphabet, and we have no warrant for supposing that the art of. But the Sepher Yetzirah contains, by implica tion at least, the doctrine of an occult power and. It is afflicting to modern intelligence, but it is of great antiquity, and belongs to those as it. Sepher Yetzirah, the Alphabet of Akiba, or the Mishna itself were dreamed of. On the other hand, we have no evidence to show that the doctrine of the Instruments of Creation is much prior to the date of the treatisewhich develops it it ;.

It should be added that the Sepher Yetzirah is part of a considerable literature of an occult or mystical com. The Name grasps us, while the others are various outer courts through which we come into the Sanctuary or Name of God ;in that name we find pasture wherever our outer life may take us. Esprit des hoses, torn. As regards its date, he agrees that it is one of the numerous Midrashim produced by the Talmudic period. The alleged traces of Kabalism in writers of known dates also. Chief among these are the vital questions: i Whether modern criticism is right in ascribing the Zohar to the thirteenth century as its period, and to R.

Moses Shem. Tob de Leon as its author. To determine these points we shall do well to glance first of all at the history of the criticism which has befallen this vast document.

We shall get very little help from the insight of contemporary Israel as to either point. The Sepher Yetzirah was known and accepted before docu mentary criticism can be well said to have been born, and so also when the Zohar was promulgated it was among a mixed audience who either took or rejected it on a priori grounds. Myer says : Its who opposed the ancient secret learning of the Israelites because it was.

On the other hand, it was hated the Aristotelians by because itdid not consort with their methods. In the influence exercised by the Kabalah upon certain minds of Christendom, the Sepher Yetzirah must be distinguished from the Zohar. The former has had no influence it was indeed introduced to our ;. Some of its Sephirotic developments, the corn-. Myer s explanation may be read in the light of Book iii. Throughout part of his history we find continually things uncertain this in the language of Described certitude, and things for which there is little evidence as if there were overwhelming testimony.

For all Christian students the Kabalah was substantially the Zohar, and, as we shall see subsequently, the office attributed to it was almost. Christendom, and again it was not a period when documentary criticism was pursued with any keenness. The fourteenth century made the grave, but yet excusable, mistake of supposing that most people wrote the books attributed to them. They accepted the claim of the Zohar for much the same reason that.

In the existing state of scholarship to have challenged one might have openea an abyss beneath the other, and could well have included all ancient literature in a common uncertainty. Of course, as time went on, and. Some Christians have also esteemed them i. But they failed to consider that these same allegorical books are filled with an infinitude of ridiculous fables, and that Jewish superstition is much more clearly proved from them than are the mysteries of our religion. William Postel has imposed on several theologians in this matter, having pretended to find Christianity in the books of the Zohar.

So also, even at the inception of the enthusiasm, some sceptical voices were raised, but again from uncritical and predeter mined motives. I must. It was offensive to the dignity of the Latin Church to suppose that there was a rival tradition, full of illumination and wisdom, preserved unknown to the church in the rejected house of Israel. By a similar sentiment it has seemed intolerable to modern taste that any occult literature should possess a real claim on attention.

It is there-. Jmlo-ornin pcrfidiain, first published in Au Seuil du Mystere. The Kabalah became Catholic in the school of St. We must endeavour to comprehend precisely what is. There are some literary fabrications which do not need a high degree of scholarship to expose them, for they may be said to betray themselves, often at every point.

In the department of belles lettres it is sufficient to mention the so-called Rowley poems. These, aseverybody is well aware, were forgeries pure and simple, and their disguise is so entirely spurious that it can be peeled off without any difficulty. It is. The position of the Rowley MSS. One ready instance in point is found in the poems of Ossian, for which there was indubitably a nucleus of floating Gaelic tradition. In this case the epic of fatal. Perhaps the Latin alchemical writings attributed to Geber may be regarded as typical instances in occult literature of this form of fraud.

They have scarcely any resemblance to the Arabic originals, but such originals exist. Finally, there are certain works which may or. I do not know whether there is any good instance in belles. That collection undoubtedly contains a large proportion of genuine material, but it is suspected that the Ettrick Shepherd supplied a proportion of the collection by his own skill in verse-. In occult literature we have several signal. For example, a few of the Hermetic books, which are usually classed by scholars as productions of the Alexandrian period, and therefore post-Christian, are held by others to represent occult traditions of con siderable antiquity, and I do not think that the case has been decided for all time as regards some of these works.

But the most renowned of all the instances is. Destructive criticism has maintained that its. There is, as we shall see, no positive evidence on this point which is worth. There is very good proof of late writing, but the theory of the fabrication of the Zohar by Moses de Leon puts an almost impossible burden on the shouldersof that questionable personage, and is. The fact that this inquiry has been undertaken will indicate that, in my own opinion, the hostile critic must change the nature of his indictment.

As regards its material, and usually as regards its motive, spurious literature belongs to the most accountable class. It falls into line readily. The Kabalah is much too singular in its mechanism to be referable to a solitary author. So far as there is evidence on the subject, that evidence tends to show that grew, and that in its it. Of this Dr. In spite of this, Munk did not consider the Zohar, at least in its present form, as anterior to the seventh century, but rather that the Kabnlistic develop ments which it represents took place in the thirteenth century, and were either influenced by Gebirol or by sources common to both.

Moses claimed to have original drawn has never come to light. It is based upon evidence which claims to be contemporary, or there abouts, with the appearance of the Zohar itself. It is not therefore at first sight a weak case, and I have sketched it fully and frankly that I not be accused of any bias in the matter. Let us dispose first of all of the alleged external evidence. In the year there appeared in. Abraham ben Samuel Zakut, who belongs to the. The Zohar is a very large work, and Moses de Leon must have employed a very large staff of copyists in order to transcribe it frequently.

There isno evidence, however, that he employed any one but if he worked ;. It is merely an. Simeon ben Jochai, of the period of the Emperor Antoninus, under whose name it appears, but is really the work of his. It is therefore obvious that Zakut must not be classed among those who opposed the Zohar, as some modern critics have attempted. It will seem almost incredible that in this work, which so elaborately defends the Zohar, a narrative should appear which represents it as an imposture devised from mercenary motives by Moses de Leon,.

The explanation in reality simple is the narrative in ;. The most biassed of. When the edict of expulsion was published he retired into Portugal and was appointed Royal Historiographer by King Kmanuel. His work embraces the entire period between the creation of the world and the year A. Independently, therefore, of the Zohar, he was a Kabalist after his own fashion, and, we may suspect, a visionary. He there learned by report that the erudite Moses Nachmanides was said to have transmitted the book to his son in Catalonia from Palestine, f but that the ship which bore it was driven by the wind to AragoniaJ or to Catalonia, and the precious volume came into the hands of Moses de Leon.

At Valladolid Isaac de Acco made the acquaintance of the latter, who declared upon oath that he was in possession of the MS. They undertook a journey together with this. So far the account represents Moses de Leon as acting with. By one of these, namely, by David Rafon, of Corfu, he was informed that Moses de Leon had been a spendthrift who derived great profit from his writings, but neglected his wife and daughter, while as for the Zohar he had made it up out of his own head.

How far Isaac was impressed by this state ment does not appear explicitly, but he next had recourse to a wealthy Rabbin of Avila, named Joseph, who communicated with the widow and daughter of Moses, offering for the maiden the hand of his son and a substantial dowry if they would produce the original MS. The women had been left in poor circumstances, and there was every reason to suppose they would comply gladly.

Joseph Hallevy, the son of a Kabalist named Todros, who, in reply to his inquiries, affirmed that the genuine Zohar was in the hands of Moses de Leon, as he had himself proved conclusively. If assiduous, he could have had no time for squandering if ;. Zohar, of which R. I have passed over purposely in this brief account several minor details which have awakened suspicion as to the honesty of the narrative, for it is unnecessary to confuse the issues. The point is that itcloses with two solemn testimonies to the authenticity of the Zohar, and by the course which he subsequently took Isaac de Acco must have concluded to abide by these.

Assuming that the narrative is truthful, the evidence which was set aside as insufficient by the one person who has recorded it cannot be accepted by impartial criticism unenforced by other considerations. So far. The state of the case as it stands is confused, and most persons who have taken part in the controversy have been led into more or less contradiction. Those who have regarded Moses de Leon as nothing more than a transcriber have had to reckon as they could with certain damaging references to late events which.

Further, speaking still under correction, the Yuhasin is the one authority by which we can fix so important a date as the death of Moses de Leon. Who this name and place, for whom Samuel, son of was the Rabbi of Isaac, transcribed acopy of the Moreh, anno , which copy is still preserved in the Giinglung Library, Paris? It is numbered , according to Friedlander s preface to the third volume of his version of Maimonides, p.

Their explana tions also are of little value and are for the most part. The internal evidence against the Zohar may be reduced under the following heads :. Saragossa,t about the middle of the eleventh century. J 4 It quotes authorities posterior to its alleged period. In reply to thisit has been advanced that at the period the schools of. Ginsburg, however, adopts the theory of Levita, subject to the modification that they were introduced by the Karaite, R. Mocha, at the end of the sixth century. David Lcvi, on the other hand, makes their reception by the Karaite Jews a proof of their antiquity, because they were professed enemies to tradition and innovation.

Unfortunately, there are no pointed Hebrew MSS. Behai ben L -ph Ibn Hakuda. In the Talmud they are said to have been a rule given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Megillah, Bab. Berocoth, and Bab. This is also the testimony of the Zohar, obviously re producing current legend, or borrowing from the traditional storehouse of the Talmud. Though belonging to an early period of the controversy, Levi s defence is still worth reading. Basnage, torn. The commentary of St. Jerome on Jeremiah is positive proof that the vowel signs were not in existence in his day. Abraham, who wrote a commentary of repute upon the Book of Formation, but this mysterious personage, the pretended instructor of Nicholas Flamel in the secrets of alchemy, died at the close of the twelfth.

As it is obvious that the objection with which we are here concerned equivalent to begging is. It is unserious and may be dismissed. The question is whether this difference of opinion occurred in the eleventh century and later, or whether it originated in earlier Talmudic times.

Certain state ments and inferences therefrom are set forth by defenders of the Zohar in support of tiie second view, but the use of two kinds of phylacteries before the tenth century has not been clearly demonstrated. The indirect strength of this view is considerable, but it is much weakened by itssupporters when they attempt to argue that had the Zohar been forged by Moses de Leon he would. Midrash: Let there be Light! Die Kabbala, oder die Religions philosophic der Hebraei von Franc k.

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