By Ithamar Gruenwald
It is a new and revised variation of the publication first released 1980. It includes new introductory and concluding chapters in addition to a Bibliography and up to date Index. additionally, huge corrections, updates, and alterations were made within the unique textual content. The adjustments main issue issues of language and elegance, they nuance the road of argumentation, and so they replace the dialogue of significant matters. the recent chapters fill a number of scholarly gaps that experience opened because the preliminary e-book of this ebook in 1980. the hot Introductory bankruptcy explores new venues and concerns within the learn and overview of the Hekhalot literature and suitable passages in apocalyptic literature, and this in mild of epistemological and ontological issues. The Concluding bankruptcy discusses the ritual praxis of the event of the Hekhalot mystics and its affitnity to magic, and this when it comes to new techniques to ritual conception.
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The Book of Daniel, which is often regarded as marking a transition from prophecy to apocalyptic, includes two noteworthy samples of visions, which evolve after the completion of preparatory practices. In Daniel 10, without initially giving the necessary information about the purpose of what is done, the narrator describes a certain ritual practice, which ultimately turns out to be the preparation for a vision. Speaking in the first person, the narrator reports that Daniel entered a period of three weeks of “mourning”, that is, of ascetic rituals, during which he abstained from all kinds of food—pleasant bread, meat, and wine.
See also Psalms 10, 16. 68 Time, ritually enacted in the monarchic system, is an important factor in the process. 70 The holiness of God, which has become one of the predominant features of the Hekhalot literature, explains the many facets of the danger, which the Merkavah mystic has to overcome during his sojourn in the heavenly realms. These dangers have been subject to a number of studies. Their prevalence is discussed in later chapters of this book. However, in the context of the discussion of issues pertaining to ontology, these dangers play an interesting role.
What does he mean by “sacred mysteries”? There is one detail in The Life, which bears comparison to the beginning of Hekhalot Rabbati and may suggest an answer to the question. As previously indicated, Hekhalot Rabbati begins with a question, which addresses the issue of the hymns that facilitate heavenly visions. However, instead of giving a direct answer to the question, the text specifies the unique practical qualities, which the mystic gains. He is likely to look at people, identifying among them criminals and transgressors of various aspects of religious law.
Apocalyptic and Merkavah Mysticism (2nd Edition) by Ithamar Gruenwald