Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Roads to UtopiaThe Walking Stories of the Zohar$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David Greenstein

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804788335

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804788335.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM STANFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.stanford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Stanford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in SSO for personal use.date: 28 June 2022

The Spatial Orientation of the Zohar

The Spatial Orientation of the Zohar

(p.56) Chapter 3 The Spatial Orientation of the Zohar
Roads to Utopia

David Greenstein

Stanford University Press

The Zohar, in its mystic quest, seeks to abolish space, to privilege the point or the vertical axis as spiritual dimensions. The horizontal dimension is given over to history and to the mundane, or worse. It is susceptible to the Other (Evil) Side, which trespasses across boundaries. This orientation influences its mythic portrayal of the Serpent, gender assignments for closed and open, interior and exterior spaces, and the sometimes tragic and sometimes joyous role of Shekhinah. But along with the ideal of unification or spatial collapse, the reality of the mundane sphere requires both the Divine and the mystic to engage in acts of spatial maintenance. Sacrifices are one form of such acts. Stories are another.

Keywords:   horizontal, vertical, Other Side, Serpent, gender, unification, Shekhinah, sacrifice, ‘uvda, maintenance

Stanford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.