The Kabbalah Jewish Mysticism and the "Sefer Yetzirah" Time Line
The history of the Qabbalah (Kabbalah) and the mystical Book of Creation ("Sefer Yetzirah") are Intertwined.
Kabbalah is the ancient oral tradition. The Sefer Yetzirah is one of the earliest, and most important, book written about the Kabbalah.
Over the centuries, the principles found in the Book of Creation became the tools of the Kabbalist. The Sephiroth (spheres), the elements, the Tetragrammaton, all derive from concepts found the Book of Creation.
The history and origins of the manuscript "Sefer Yetzirah" is unknown prior to the beginning of the 1st Century AD. Most authors over the centuries have numerous speculations about how the book on creation actually was created.
Qabalah, the "Oral Law," was passed from mouth to ear generation after generation until it was finally written down by Abraham, the patriarch of the Jewish religion.
Abraham is considered the original author of the "Sefer Yetzirah" who wrote the book upon his conversion from idol worshipper to the religion of the True G-d.
Another tradition is that "Sefer Yetzirah" was part of the "Oral Law" which the Lord gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai. Moses was said to have received the Oral Law along with the Written Law, according to Jewish tradition.
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It is possible that the original concepts were conceived by Abraham, and the again revealed to Moses. No record exists of who actually started the Tradition.
In several manuscripts the Sefer Yetzirah is called "Otiyyot de-Avraham Avinu" which means the Letters of Abraham Avinu in Hebrew, or abeena Ibraheem in Arabic.
The attribution of the Sefer Yetzirah to Rabbi Akiba appears in the 13th century onward. This is derived from the late Midrash "Otiyyot de-Rabbi Akiva" (Scholem," Kabbalah," p. 28).
R. Akiba is attributed to be the author of the first written version of the Sefer Yetzirah in the first century AD. He took the concepts passed down from generation to generation, the commentaries, and put it into the format we use today.
The Letters of Abraham the Patriarch
According to a statement in "Rokeah (Hasidut Zakuyyut 'Arum)," at age 48, Abraham was moved by the deeds of the generation of the Tower of Babel to reflect on Gd and the universe.
He first contemplated
the original concepts of the Sefer Yetzirah for three years by himself.
Afterwards, by the command of Gd, he was taught by Shem, until he
became so wise he composed the "Sefer Yetzirah." Read more about Abraham from wikipedia.
The golem and Kabalah
The Sefer Yetzirah is deeply rooted into the theory of the creation of a golem. The first mention of the creation of a golem, or an artificial being, is found in the Babylonian First Talmud passages of Sanhedrin 65b, Sanhedrin 66b, treatise Erubin, p. 63.
"But, alas, your
iniquities have separated between you and your Gd." Sandhedrin 65b, in
reference to Isaiah 59:2, LIX.2. This section is preceded by a
discussion on ba'al ob and conjuring the dead to foretell the future.
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