Sepher Yetzirah * William Wynn Wescott (isbn 1564592626)

Earlier I reviewed Wescott’s “Introduction To The Kabbalah” and here we have the man’s own translation of the most famous Kabbala-book, the “Book Of Formation”. The first publication was in 1887 and Wescott used his own knowledge of the Hebrew language, but also a few translations that were already available in his time in several languages.

The Sepher Yetzirah is introduced and then a quite readable translation is given with a lot of references to explaining notes in the back. The Sepher Yetzirah itself isn’t very long, but Wescott added a few texts that are often found together with the SY in different versions. These are “The Fifty Gates Of Intelligence”, a list of 50; “The Thirty-Two Paths Of Wisdom” of course explaining the 32 paths on the Tree Of Life (10 sephiroth and 22 paths connecting them) and here and there an ‘extra’ part in the SY that isn’t found in all versions.

Since this work is available online on www.hermeticgoldendawn.org , you have got an easy way to lay your hands on a nice translation of this basic text.

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