Softcover ruled notebook - 'Portae Lucis'
Size: 12,8 x 20,5 cm.
Inner pages: ruled (verso blank)
Price: € 7,50 (incl. 21% VAT)
Joseph Gikatilla, Portae lucis, transl. Paulus Ricius, Augsburg 1516
Kabbalah is a Jewish mystical tradition which originated in the Middle Ages and was passed down from generation to generation in circles of adepts. Kabbalists were searching for wisdom and insights into creation, as well as a mystical connection with God. One of such adepts was the Spanish kabbalist Joseph Gikatilla (1248-after 1305), who wrote Sha’are orah (Gates of Light), a classic of kabbalistic thought. This book was translated by Paulus Ricius as Portae lucis, an edition which became famous for its woodcut illustration of a pensive kabbalist holding and contemplating the Tree of Wisdom, the oldest known printed woodcut. This Tree of Wisdom, also called Tree of Life, is made up of ten circles called sefirot (singular: sefirah), which each represent a divine attribute of God.
Portae lucis is an exposition of the mystical path of the sefirot in ten chapters, one for each sefirah. Gikatilla also associated each sefirah with a divine name. He warned his readers not to use the divine names lightly: ‘How could a mortal conceive of using His Holy Names as an axe is used for hewing wood?’