‘The Zohar’ was compiled and composed in Spain in the thirteenth century, and exerted a powerful influence on Jewish life in medieval ghettoes. In this book, first published in 1932, Dr Bension was the first scholar to deal with the influence on Jewish mysticism of certain characteristics which underlie so much of the literature produced in Spain both by Christians and Muslims.
Part 1. Before the Exile 1. The Glorious Period of Jewish Life in Spain 2. The Spanish Mystics 3. Similarities in the Work of the Spanish Mystics of the Three Faiths, Jewish, Christian and Muslim 4. Further Similarities Part 2. The Zohar 5. The Book of the Splendour 6. The Master, Simeon Ben Jochai 7. Legends Concerning Some of the Disciples of the Master 8. The Revelations Made to the Great Holy Assembly 9. The Revelations Continued 10. The Revelations Made to The Small Holy Assembly 11. The Revelations Concerning Paradise and Hell 12. The Vision of Rabbi Hiya After the Master’s Death Part 3. After the Exile 13. The Hilulah of Simeon Ben Jochai as it is Celebrated Today 14. The Centres of Sephardi Mysticism After Leaving Spain 15. The Sephardi Mystics of Beth-El in Jerusalem