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Sepher Yetzirah or the Book of Creation William Wynn Westcott

Sepher Yetzirah or the Book of Creation

William Wynn Westcott

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The full Sefer Yetzirah (Hebrew, Book of Formation, or Book of Creation) is the title of the earliest extant book in Jewish esotericism. Yetzirah is more literally translated as Formation- the word Briah is used for Creation. A crypticMoreThe full Sefer Yetzirah (Hebrew, Book of Formation, or Book of Creation) is the title of the earliest extant book in Jewish esotericism. Yetzirah is more literally translated as Formation- the word Briah is used for Creation. A cryptic story in the Babylonian Talmud states that On the eve of every Shabbat, Judah ha-Nasis pupils, Rab Hanina and Rab Hoshaiah, who devoted themselves especially to cosmogony, used to create a three-year-old calf by means of the Sefer Yetzirah, and ate it on the Sabbath.Mystics also assert that Abraham used the same method to conjur the calf prepared for the three angels who foretold Sarahs pregnancy in the Biblical account at Genesis 18:7. All the miraculous creations attributed to other rabbis of the Talmudic era are ascribed by rabbinic commentators to the use of the same book. In a manuscript in the British Museum, the Sefer Yetzirah is called the Hilkot Yetzirah and declared to be esoteric lore not accessible to anyone but the pious, and only to be used for Kabbalistic purposes.