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An influential text of the Jewish tradition of kabbalah, written in Aramaic and Hebrew. Although it is popularly attributed to a second-century rabbi, most of it was probably composed in the late 13th century by a Spanish kabbalist drawing upon earlier traditions.

[Hebrew zōhar, brightness, glow, from hizhîr, to shine; see zhr in Semitic roots.]


(Judaism) Judaism a mystical work, consisting of a commentary on parts of the Pentateuch and the Hagiographa, probably composed in the 2nd century ad
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And the book to which both Borges and Schulz are referring is the book of the Zohar, one of the many texts that make up what is called the Kabbalah in Judaic mysticism.