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Daniel C. Matt

Scholar in Residence, The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, GTU

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Daniel Matt is a scholar of Kabbalah and the Zohar. He has been featured in Time and Newsweek, and has appeared on National Public Radio and the History Channel. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah (translated into eight languages), Zohar: Annotated and Explained, and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality (revised edition, 2016).

Several years ago Daniel completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar. In 2016, Stanford University Press published his ninth volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, concluding the Zohar’s main commentary on the Torah. For this work, Daniel has been honored with a National Jewish Book Award and a Koret Jewish Book Award. The Koret award hailed his translation as “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.”

Daniel received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and for twenty years served as Professor of Jewish Spirituality at the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has also taught at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Daniel lives in Berkeley with his wife Hana. His forthcoming biography of Elijah the Prophet will be published in Spring 2021 by Yale University Press in their series Jewish Lives. He currently teaches Zohar online. For information about this ongoing Zohar course, see the website of Stanford University Press.

Degrees and Certifications

Ph.D., Brandeis University