Guillaume Postel's 'Idea of the Zohar'

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Following Boaz Huss's coinage of an 'Idea of the Zohar', I focus in this paper on the 'Idea of the Zohar' held by the Kabbalistic Christian Guillaume Postel (1510-1581). Postel regarded the Zohar as an ultimate expression of his entire theological and messianic thought, and therefore he produced two Latin annotated translations of this treatise. Relying on a close analysis of the Incipit he attached to the earlier translation completed in early 1554 (BL ms. Slaone 1410, fol. 1r), I sketch Postel's unique concepts regarding the Zohar, both as a text and as a divine essence, showing how his description of the Zohar's provenance and circulation sheds light on his particular 'Idea of the Zohar'.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)248-263
Number of pages16
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Christian Kabbalah
  • Guillaume Postel
  • Renaissance
  • Zohar

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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