Daniel C. Matt

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Daniel C. Matt is a Kabbalah scholar and professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He received Ph.D. from the Brandeis University and taught at Stanford University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

"Daniel Matt is known for a translation of the book of Zohar into English, a work in progress. Daniel C. Matt is one of the world’s leading scholars of Kabbalah and the Zohar. He received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and for twenty years served as professor of Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has also taught at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Matt has published ten books, including the best-selling The Essential Kabbalah (translated into six languages); Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment; Zohar: Annotated and Explained; and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality. He also edited a volume devoted to his father entitled: Walking Humbly with God: The Life and Writings of Rabbi Hershel Jonah Matt.He has been featured in Time Magazine, has appeared on National Public Radio and the History Channel, and has received fellowships and awards from, among others: the American Council of Learned Societies, the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the John M. Templeton Foundation, and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. From 1998-2002 Daniel Matt lived in Jerusalem, where he worked on the first phase of an immense project: an 11-volume, annotated English translation of the Zohar, the masterpiece of Kabbalah. This is the first translation ever based on a critical Aramaic text of the Zohar, established by Dr. Matt from numerous original Zohar manuscripts. So far, three volumes of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition have been published by Stanford University Press; the fourth volume is scheduled to appear this summer. For this work, Daniel has been honored with a National Jewish Book Award and a Koret Jewish Book Award. The Koret award called his translation “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.” - excerpt from the OCSP.ORG introduction to a three part lecture series on the mystic teachings of Kabbalah. (Correction: '12' volume set, and now 8 volumes in publication as of Aug. 2014.)


  • Daniel Matt, trans. Zohar: Pritzker Edition (8 vols. to date). Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004-2014. (The first eight volumes of a projected 12-volume, comprehensively annotated English translation)[1]
  • Daniel Matt, Zohar: Annotated and Explained. Woodstock, Vt.: SkyLights Paths Publishing Co., 2002. (Selections)
  • Daniel Matt, Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment. New York: Paulist Press, 1983. (Selections)
  • Daniel Matt, God & the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science and Spirituality, Jewish Lights Pub, 1996

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