Sefer Yetzirah

(ca. 200)

The Sefer Yetzirah, considered the oldest book on kabbalistic philosophy, is translated as the Book of Formation or Book of Creation or Book of Tradition. It was first put into writing possibly around 200 CE, although this is a matter of much dispute. Jewish traditional scholars propose that the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) wrote the Sefer Yetzirah, but there is no actual documentary evidence to support that view, and the book always attracts debate about its date of origin and its authorship. Despite the title, the text is not an alternate version of Genesis or even a...

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