The name of a Jewish book containing cabalistic expositions of the “books of Moses.” Traditionally ascribed to Rabbi Simon ben Yochi, first century; but probably belonging to the thirteenth century.
“The renowned Zohar is written in Aramaic, and is a commentary on the Pentateuch, according to its divisions into fifty-two hebdomadal lessons.” —Encyclopædia Britannica, vol. xii. p. 813.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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