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Book Title: The Kabbalah Unveiled|
The author of the book: S.L. MacGregor Mathers
Edition: Weiser Books
Date of issue: March 28th 1983
ISBN 13: 9780877285571
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While highly mired in the theosophy and freemasonry that Mathers was steeped in by his mentors (Westcott and Woodmen and others), as one of the first English translations of source literature, Mathers' translation was once a must read.
Today, if you want to understand Kabbalah, read Gershom Scholem, and his successor, Moshe Idel. Mathers' interpretations will always linger in his Victorian era and his puritanical mindset; not to mention his far inferior learning to that of Scholem, Idel and others.
As a means to understand 20th century esotericism, the influential writings of the many members of Mathers' Hermetic Order (Yeats and Crowley being foremost), Mathers' interpretation is vital. For this was the Kabbalah as writers like W.B. Yeats and Aleister Crowley knew it. You can see this in Yeats poems, and Crowley even stole and published many of Mathers' works as his own.
However, a much healthier understanding of esotericism, mysticism and other fringe elements of religion and philosophy through the writings of Antoine Faivre (Access to Western Esotericism) and his brood of serious, Sorbonne educated scholars.
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Read information about the authorSamuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, born Samuel Liddell Mathers and having allegedly added MacGregor as a claim to a Highland heritage for which there is little other evidence, was an English occultist best remembered as a founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
His translations of medieval grimoires and other obscure occult texts, while often criticized for their accuracy or incompleteness, served to make this otherwise inaccessible material more widely available to English-speaking audiences, and remain among the most popular of his works.
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