This book, first published in 1950, remains an essential work by the magisterial scholar of Jewish mysticism, the incomparable Gershom Scholem (1897-1982). It details the kabbalah's beginnings in southern Spain and France, in the course of the twelfth and thirteenth-centuries, in a movement driven by the aims of acheiving, and describing, direct experiences of God. The book is made up of three sections the book Bahir, the first kabbalists in Provence, and the kabbalistic centre in Gerona. A truly important work -- a classic in the field. This new edition has foreword by David Biale.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018 (1962). 487 pages, paperback.