Rosenroth's Kabbala Denudata, scanned from the Latin

Knorr von Rosenroth's

Kabbala Denudata

Published (Tom I Sluzbaci, Tom II FRANCOFVRTI) 1684 CE

(This work is primarily in Latin with additional matter in Hebrew and Aramaic as well as some Greek terms;
presented here as grey-scale JPG graphics scanned from the home-done film of the original pages)

    Introductory and reference materials on the subject of Kabbalah. Lexicon of Hebrew terms. Articles on aspects of Kabbalah (tree of life, metaphysics, the soul, visions of Ezechiel, merkabah etc.). Synopsis and introduction to the Zohar with translations (de Zeniutha, Idra Rabba, Idra Suta) and commentaries. Additional portions of the Zohar partly translated, discussed and summarized. Works by Isaac Luria, Moses Cordovaro, Abraham Cohen Irira, Issachar ben Napthali, R. Napthali Hirtz and Chaim Vital.

    The filming, scans and organization of the images accessible on this page and in the PDF or ZIP versions are © Bill Heidrick. This work should not be placed on other web sites or sold in any form without the explicit permission of both the University of California at Berkeley and Bill Heidrick. Thanks are due to the staff at the Bancroft Library at UCB for allowing use of the book and granting public access on this web site.

    Of the nearly 2,600 pages estimated to comprise the entire work, this set is known to be short by two pages overlooked during filming. On first impression, it seemed that 194 pages were left out during the original binding of Pars Tertia into the longer of the two bound volumes used to make these images from Tom I. Thanks to the (1677?) scanned edition of Tom I on line at the National Library in Jerusalem, it is now evident that only a miscollaton is at fault. Pars Tertia of Tom I was placed wrongly, near the end, instead of in its proper location in the version scanned here. Tom II seems to be complete, but other copies have not been examined. For more information, see the "Technical Details" section, below.

The JNUL online version of Tom I is at "Adumbratio Kabbalae Christianae" is missing in that edition, but the plates are apparently intact. The resolution of the images there is higher than will be found on this web site. The material on this present website may be easier to download and does include Tom II.

    English translations of a few selections from Kabbala Denudata may be found on the internet via Google and other search engines. Beware: The S. L. Macgregor Mathers book, Kabbalah Unveiled, is often represented as a translation of the entire work; but it provides only a portion of the latter part of Tom II: Pars Secunda, Tracts 1 through 3, about 250 pages in all (Zohar sections: Sepher de Zeniutha/Liber Mysterii, Idra Rabba/Synodus Areae Magna and Idra Suta/Synodus Minor). Mathers published a translation of the Latin, but he excluded the Hebrew and Aramaic text which occupies about half of each page. Thus Mathers' Kabbalah Unveiled includes about five percent of the total text of Kabbala Denudata. Eliphas Levi published a French edition of the Idra Suta, which is available in English translation as The Book of Splendours, Aquarian Press and Samuel Weiser, 1973. Some anthologies of translations from the Zohar include one or more of these tracts, while others do not. Moses de Leon's Zohar is itself a much larger work, and these texts are particularly difficult to render into European languages. Perhaps the most valuable part of Mathers' Kabbalah Unveiled is the introduction, an abridgement of Christian D. Ginsburg's The Kabbalah (1862, Longmans, Green & Co.; more recently published in The Essenes, Their History and Doctrines; The Kabbalah, Its Doctrines, Development and Literature, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1970). The Ginsburg work is particularly helpful to have in hand while reading this present set of page scans, since Ginsburg provides many of the Greek terms that may be difficult to see on these JPG images.

    Antiquarians and scholars take note: Many books from this period were sold unbound in sections, with the buyer expected to arrange binding. A buyer might make a selection from available portions, not purchasing the entire work. Accordingly, great caution is necessary in purchasing and studying these 17th century books. Kabbala Denudata is presently offered on the internet at prices ranging from US$10,000 to $12,500. Unless the modern buyer is able to examine page-by-page, there is a high risk of ending up with a defective set.

Technical Details:

    Three bound volumes were used to make this electronic version, two (one short, one long) for Tom I and one for Tom II. The short version of Tom I is identified here as "K1", the long version as "K3" and the single version of Tom II as "K2". Pagination restarts at several points, and there are typographic errors in page numbering in a few signatures. These three volumes are apparently of the 1684 edition, although the Tom I title page says "1677" in both long and short versions. I base this conclusion regarding the date of publication on the fact that K1 has a section dated 1684 and K3 shows signs of that section being physically excluded (collation errors are consistent with removal of those signatures from K3). K1 is well collated, but contains Adumbratio Kabbalae Christianae ... 1684 after the index Locorum S. Scripturae and ends with ........ Apparatus in Librum Sohar, Pars Prima... Lexici. Pages 34 and 35 are missing from Admubration Kabbalae Christianae — apparently overlooked during the original filming. K3 omits Adumbratio Kabbalae Christianae..., is misscollated at the latter part of Index Latinus and substantially to point of page omission for Index Locorum S. Scripturae. This gives the appearance that signatures containing Adumbratio Kabbalae Christianae... were excluded before binding. The Lexici in K3 has a other collation faults, one at the first few pages and one near the middle of the text — these have been repaired with images from K1 in the pdfs, only, not in the zips. K3 has a major collation fault in that "Liber Porta Coelorum," proper to Pars Tertia, is placed instead after the end of Pars Quarta, just before the plates. The plates at the end of the second pdf are described under Pars Quarta, in that pdf. The type face is similar for both Tom I versions (K1 and K3) but is different for Tom II (K2). Some of the plates in the back of Tom I were cut short by the binder. Intact versions of those plates may be found on the National Library in Jerusalem web site (see above).

    Kabbala Denudata was one of the first books I filmed at home in the early 1970's. At that time, this work was in the loan stacks of the main library at UC Berkeley. On return of the three volumes to the library, I recommended that the set be transferred to the Bancroft rare books library, where I am assured it safely resides to this day. The 35mm negatives were made on Kodak Tri-X Pan film and developed with a commercial product. Contrast is lower than it would be for microfilm. The resulting images are therefore a little dark, but tend to show more faint detail than would be seen on microfilm. These images are also a little better for eliminating offset and ghosting caused by ink on adjacent pages. Lighting was a problem; portions to the upper left and center tend to be lighter than portions to the lower right on each image. This difficulty of lighting is most obvious in the first 60 images from K1. Detail resolution is less than one would expect on commercial microfilm, but all Latin and Hebrew lettering should be easily read. Greek type faces from the period were typically quite small and thin. Many Greek terms found in odd places in these images may be illegible.

    To view a sample image, click here. Magnify in your browser and look for two Greek letters in the second line of numbered paragraph 3.

    With a very good broadband internet connection, all that needs to be downloaded would be four pdf files — available both at the heads of the four tables of content and at the bottom of this web page. I've added some advice on downloading with the latter group. With a slower or dial-up internet connection, the pdfs are not practical choices. In that case, individual zips of portions of the text can be downloaded from the content tables, much as a 17th century contemporary might have ordered the individual parts of the book. Those who do take the pdfs might also like to download the zip file containing the end plates from Tom I, since it is convenient to have those available separately while reading the figure descriptions found near the end of Tom I in the second pdf. Page images of these plates can also be exported with Adobe Reader from the pdf itself.

and content:
    Introductory and reference materials on the subject of Kabbalah. Indexes to content. Orientation for Christian scholars. A very extensive Lexicon of Hebrew terms from the Zohar and related literature – this lexicon is arguably the most valuable portion of the book. It includes brief essays on terms and ideas, along with observations of gematria and other details. Shows influence from Bartolocci's Bibliotheca Magna Rabbinica of 1675.
PDF version: Tom I, part 1 of 2: KRKD1A.pdf — c. 126 megs
This pdf is for broadband only. For slower internet connection, please consider the zip version.
Zip version: Title page
Inscriptiones Tituli Praefatio ad Lectorem
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Index Latinus Materiarum Partis Prioris
Index Locorum S. Scripturae V.T
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    Adumbratio Kabbalae Christianae id est
                        Syncatabasis Hebraizans...
        Caput Primum: De variis universi statibus.
                        Kabbalista. Philosophus    
                        Christianus. — pg 3
        Cap II: De statu universi primo sive
                        primaeva institutionis... — pg 4
        Cap III: De Medio Primaevae productionis
                        seu Adamo primo. — pg 7
        Cap IV: De Naturis Productis, & sine
                        Productionis earum. — pg 26
        Cap V: De statu secutae Destitutionis
                        — pg 27
        Cap VI: De statu modernae Constitutionis.
                        — pg 30
        Cap. VII: De Animarum praexistentia in
                        specie — pg 33
Pages 34 and 35 missing on film
        Cap VIII: De Personis Divinitatis in specie.
                        — pg 54
        Cap IX: De status istius tertii De
                        pravatione, sive De Lapus
                        Animarum — pg 56
        Cap X: De status postremae Restitutions,
                        ejusque Gradis primo — pg "59"
(SIC, typo for pg 57)
        Cap XI: De secundo Gradis Restitutions
                        Animarum — pg 61
        Cap XII: De duobus ultimis Restitutionis
                        Messiana Gradibus
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    Apparatus in Librum Sohar Pars Prima,
                        nempe Loci Communes
                        Kabbalistici,... Lexici...
An extensive lexicon of terms in the Zohar and other works,
under Hebrew initial letter sections

        Aleph — pg 3
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        Beth — pg 179
        Ghimel — pg 221
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        Daleth — pg 242
        He — pg 261
        Vau — pg 285
        Sain — pg 292
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        Cheth — pg 330
        Teth — pg 366
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        Yod — pg 374
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        Caph — pg 463
        Lamed — pg 488
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        Mem — pg 503
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        Nun — pg 559
        Samech — pg 602
        Ajin — pg 607
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        Pe — pg 640
        Zade, vel Zaddik — pg 650
        Kuph — pg 669
        Resch — pg 679
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        Schin — pg 694
        Tav — pg 726
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End of bound
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Volume cont.
in this version
and content:
    Comments from other scholars, more advanced articles on aspects of Kabbalah (tree of life, metaphysics, the soul, visions of Ezechiel, merkabah). Works by Isaac Luria, Moses Cordovaro and Abraham Cohen Irira.
PDF version: Tom I, part 2 of 2: KRKD1B.pdf — c. 83 megs
This pdf is for broadband only. For slower internet connection, please consider the zip version.
Zip version:     Apparatus in Librum Sohar pars secunda, cujus Contenta
                        Exhibet Versa Pagina, Excerpta ex Epistola
                        quadam Complilatoris de utilitate Versionis
                        Libri Cabbalistici Sohar. — pg 3
        Tabula Kabbalistica prima — pg 6
        Tabula Secunda Clavis subliminoris Kabbalae, de
                        ordine divinorum Nominum pro resolutione
                        difficiliorum Aenigmatum Libri Sohar — pg 7
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        Tractatus I. Libri Druschim, seu Introductio Metaphysica
                        ad Cabbalam. Autore R. Jizchak Loriense.
                        — pg 28
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        Tractatus de Anima R. Moscheh Korduero — pg
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        Theses Cabbalisticae — pg 150
        Ad Clarissimum ac Eruditisimum Virum N. N.
                        De rebus in Amica sua Responsione contentis
                        Ulterior Disquisitio (part in English) — pg 173
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        Visionis Ezechieliticae sive Mercavae Expositio...
                        — pg 225
        Catechismus Cabbalisticus, sive Mercavaeus...
                        Decem Sephirotharum Usus egregie
                        illustratur. — pg 274
        Fundamenta Philosophiae sive Cabbalae Aeto-
                        Paedo-Melissaeae... — pg 293
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    Apparatus in Librum Sohar Pars Tertia & Quarta
        Liber Porta Coelorum ... autore R. Abraham Cohen
                        Irira, Lusitano
            Praefatio Editoris ad Lectorem
(193 pages are displaced from here to after the end of
Pars Quarta -- these are below: Liber Porta Coelorum)

    Apparatus in Librum Sohar Pars Quarta quae Continet
                        Explicationem Arborum...
            Figura I etc. — pg 195 ff.
See the plates at the end of this division for these figures.
                German language instruction to binder for placement
                        of figure plates – ignored by the binder.
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        Liber Porta Coelorum .. Autore R. Abraham Cohen
                        Irira, Lusitano
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            End plates
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and content:
    Synopsis and introduction to the Zohar. Works by Issachar ben Napthali and R. Napthali Hirtz.
PDF version: TOM II, part 1 of 2: KRKD2A.pdf — c. 66.7 megs
This pdf is for broadband only. For slower internet connection, please consider the zip version.
Zip version: Title: Kabbalae Denudate Tomus Secundus...
                        Liber Sohar Restitutus...
        Cancrinis Cancrinus and Lectori Philebraeo
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    Pars Prima ejusque Tractatus Primus; quae est
                        Synopsis Celeberrimi illius codicis
                        Cabbalistici, qui vulgo dicitur Liber Sohar.
                        Authore R. Jisaschar F. Naphthali Sacerdote
        Index Titulorum and Titulus Primus, Lumen Legis ...
                        — pg 1
        Titulus Secundus. Domus Precum... — pg 33
        Titulus Tertius Semita Eleemonsynarum — pg 45
        Titulus Quartus Porta Poenitntiae... — pg 49
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        Titulus Quintus Ordo Judicii... — pg 55
        Titulus Sextus Porta Castitatis & Sanctitatis ...
                        — pg 59
        Titulus Septimus Opus Mensae ... — pg 69
        Titulus Octavus Porta Festorum sive Convocatio
                        Sanctitatis — pg 72
        Titulus Nonus De Festo Paschatos et Reliquis
                        Festis in specie ... — pg 79
        Titulus Decimus Semita Justorum... — pg 84
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        Titulus Undecimus Porta Retributionis Futurae...
                        — pg 103
        Titulus Duodecimus Porta Concupiscentiae Bonae
                        & Concupiscentiae Pravae ... — pg 116
        Titulus Decimus Tertius Porta Spirituum ...
                        — pg 118
        Titulus Decimus Quartus De Excellentia Terrae
                        Jisraelis po. Pulique Jisraelitici et
                        de Exilio Eorum ... — pg 130
        Titulus Decimus Quintus. Gesta Patrum ... — pg 134
        Titulus Decimus Sextus. Porta Mortis ... — pg 136
        Titulus Decimus Septimus. De Sanctuario Ejusque
                        Requisitis ... — pg 139
        Titulus Decimus Octavus. Porta Collectaneorum. ...
                        — pg 141
        Titulus Decimus Nonus. Historiae Insignes ...
                        — pg 144
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    Partis Primae Tractatus Secundus, quae est
                        Introductio pro meliori intellectu Libri
                        Sohar. e Scripto R. Naphthali Hirtz,
                        F.R.Jaacob Elchanan, quod vocat
                        Vallem Regiam ... — pg 151
        Sectio Prima. De Mundo Infinit primo ... — pg 152
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        Sectio Secunda ... — pg 234
        Sectio Tertia ... — pg 239
        Sectio Quarta ... — pg 245
        Sectio Quinta. Sphaera Splendoris ... — pg 254
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        Sectio Sexta. Operis Creationis, quae agit de
                        Mundo Inanitatis ... — pg 259
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and content:
    Translations from the Zohar (de Zeniutha, Idra Rabba, Idra Suta) and commentaries. Additional portions of the Zohar partly translated, discussed and summarized. Material by Vital, Naphthali Hirtz, Luria, Irira.
PDF version: TOM II, part 2 of 2: KRKD2B.pdf — c. 131 megs
This pdf is for broadband only. For slower internet connection, please consider the zip version.
Zip version:     Pars Secunda ejusque Tractatus Primus, qui est
                        Siphra de Zeniutha seu Liber Mysterii, sive
                        Occultationis — pg 347
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    Partis Secundae Tractatus Secundus, qui est
                        Idra Rabba, seu Synodus Areae Magna...
                        — pg 386
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    Partis Secundae Tractatus Tertius qui est
                        Idra Suta seu Synodus Minor... — pg 521
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    Partis Secundae Tractatus Quartus que est in Siphra
                        de Zeniutha Librum Mysterii commentatius
                        ... R. Chajim Vital... R. Naphthali Hirtz
                        F. Jacob Elchanam ... — pg 1
        In Siphra De Zeniutha sue Librum Occultationis
                        Commentarius R. Jizchak Lorjensis Germanis
                        e Manuscripto... — pg 3
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        Commentarius generalis methodicus in tresistos
                        Libros: Librum Occultationis; & Synodostam
                        majorem, quam minorem, e Libro Emek
                        Hammelech ... — pg 47
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    Partis Secundae Tractatus Quintus qui continent Tres
                        Tractatus Initiales Libri Sohar... — pg 145
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    Pars Tertia que est Pneumatica Cabbalistica seu
                        Doctrina Hebraeorum de Spiritibus, nempe
                        Angelis Bonis & malis, itemque de Anima ...
                        — pg 186
    Partis Tertiae Tractatus I. Pneumaticus ... Domus DEI.
                        Authore R. Abraham Cohen Irira Lusitano
                        e dogmatibus R. Jizchak Lorjensis ...
                        — pg 189
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    Partis Tertiae Tractatus Secundus Pneumaticus,
                        de Revolutionibus Animarum, que in hac
                        materia a Judaeis vocatur primus ...
                        R. Jitzchak Lorjensis Germani... — pg 243
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