The Hidden and Manifest God: Some Major Themes in Early Jewish Mysticism (SUNY Series in Judaica)

This e-book represents the 1st wide-scale presentation and interpretation of pre-kabbalistic, Jewish mysticism. this can be the Hekhalot or Merkavah mysticism. The emphasis is at the conceptions of God, the angels, and guy that the texts supply and which are the framework of the Judaic international view in overdue antiquity and the early center a long time.
This interpretation is predicated at the significant works of this early Jewish mysticism: Hekhalot Rabbati ( The higher Palaces ), Hekhalot Zutarti ( The Lesser Palaces ), Ma aseh Merkavah ( The operating of the Chariot ), Merkavah Rabbah ( the good Chariot) and the 3rd (Hebrew) publication of Enoch. Many quotations from this principally unknown physique of esoteric literature are integrated.
The event of the paranormal heroes of this literature strikes among the 2 poles of the heavenly trip among the ascent of the mystic during the seven palaces to the Throne of Glory and the adjuration, the try to invoke God and his angels for you to strength them to meet guy s will. either are permeated via magic, and the realm view of this primary degree of Jewish mysticism is therefore deeply magical. The circles which shaped it have been concerned about not anything below an intensive transformation of the area of normative Judaism that for hundreds of years was firm through the Rabbis."

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