Beholders of Divine Secrets

Beholders of Divine Secrets : Mysticism and Myth in the Hekhalot and Merkavah Literature

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Beholders of Divine Secrets provides a fascinating exploration of the enigmatic Hekhalot and Merkavah literature, the Jewish mystical writings of late antiquity. Vita Daphna Arbel delves into the unique nature of the mystical teachings, experiences, revelations, and spiritual exegesis presented in this literature. While previous scholarship has demonstrated the connection between Hekhalot and Merkavah mysticism and parallel traditions in Rabbinical writings, the Dead Sea Scrolls, apocalyptic, early Christian, and Gnostic sources, this work points out additional mythological traditions that resonate in this literature. Arbel suggests that mythological patterns of expression, as well as themes and models rooted in Near Eastern mythological traditions are employed, in a spiritualized fashion, to communicate mystical content. The possible cultural and social context of the Hekhalot and Merkavah mysticism and its composers is discussed.
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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 150.37 x 240.79 x 14.22mm | 363g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791457249
  • 9780791457245
  • 2,346,971

About Vita Daphna Arbel

Vita Daphna Arbel is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia.
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