Kabbalah: "Sefer Yetzirah"

Authors of the Sefer Yetzirah

No one knows who  first wrote the original Book of Creation, or "Sefer Yetzirah" in Hebrew, more than 2,000 years ago. But, several preserved versions from the early centuries AD are still available.

The Internet is full of web sites on "Sefer Yetzirah." Many of these sites have been online for years and provide a good source of understanding and personal commentaries.

But, there are only a few authorities recognized in Kabbalah as authors of early versions of the "Sefer Yetzirah." Rabbi Akiba's writings about the Boof of Creation is perhaps the most revered,

The Sefer Yetzirah text in Hebrew and English can easily be found on the Internet. Since the Sefer Yetzirah is open to much interpretation, controversy and discussion, there is one true, difinitve source. A true Qabalist must take all of the sources into context and decide which combinations suit their own path.


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Other Kabbalah Websites

  • Walking Kabbalah Devorah's The Walking Kabbalah Blog, a collection of notes and understandings from studying with Kabbalist Samuel Avita.

Most popular and reliable books about "Sefer Yetzirah"

These are the most popular books on Sefer Yetzirah, the Book of Creation (Book of Formation). All of them can be purchased through these links at Amazon.com. Check for free shipping eligibility on some books.

Sefer YetzirahSefer Yetzirah  Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of CreationSefer Yetzirah  

By Aryeh Kaplan. This is the most authoritative text on the study of the "Sefer Yetzirah" or Book of Formation (Book of Creation). Kaplan's explanations are easy to understand and make common sense. Hebrew with English translations in great detail and insight. A must have manual for anyone ready to decipher this ancient manuscript. Paperback: 398 pages. Publisher: Weiser Books; Rev. Sub edition (May 1997). Language: English.

Sefer YetzirahSefer Yetzirah  Book of Formation or Sepher Yetzirah: Attributed to Rabbi Akiba Ben JosephSefer Yetzirah  

By Arthur Edward Waite (Editor, Introduction), Knut Stenring (Translator) and R. A. Gilbert (Foreword).Stenring has made a word-for-word translation from several texts, choosing only those parts which he believed to be authentic. He reveals the textís secrets in his diagrams, tables, and extensive notes. His "Master Key to the Theoretical and Practical Kabala" is a diagram of the correspondences between the English and Hebrew alphabets and is not found in other translations of the Sepher Yetzirah. The introduction by Waite surveys the historical background of the Sepher Yetzirah translations and the import of this foundational Kabbalistic text. Knut Stenring was a Swedish Hebrew scholar. He published this work in 1923 and it is regarded as a major resource, although some translations are dubious. 78 pages from Ibis Press (June 2004).

Sefer YetzirahSefer Yetzirah  Sepher YetzirahSefer Yetzirah

By W. Wynn Westcott (Author) A selection from INTRODUCTION: The "Sepher Yetzirah," or "Book of Formation," is perhaps the oldest Rabbinical treatise of Kabalistic philosophy which is still extant. The great interest which has been evinced of 1ate years in the Hebrew Kabalah, and the modes of thought and doctrine allied to it, has induced me to translate this tractate from the original Hebrew texts, and to collate with them the Latin versions of mediaeval authorities; and I have also published An Introduction to the Kabalah which may be found useful to students. Three important books of the "Zohar," or "Book of Splendour," which is a great storehouse of Kabalistic teaching, have been translated into English by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, and the "Sepher Yetzirah" in an English translation is almost a necessary companion to these abstruse disquisitions: the two books indeed mutually explain each other. Sepher Yetzirah (Paperback: 48 pages). Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (December 30, 2005). Language: English (Format: Kindle Edition). File Size: 226 KB. Print Length: 112 pages. Publisher: Oak Grove (March 20, 2008). Sold by: Amazon Digital Services.



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