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Ritual practices to gain power : angels, incantations, and revelation in early Jewish mysticism

Author: Rebecca Macy Lesses
Publisher: Harrisburg, Penn. : Trinity Press International, ©1998.
Series: Harvard theological studies, no. 44.
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Lesses, Rebecca Macy.
Ritual practices to gain power.
Harrisburg, Penn. : Trinity Press International, ©1998
(OCoLC)645885247
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Macy Lesses
ISBN: 1563382199 9781563382192
OCLC Number: 37836677
Description: xvii, 429 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Introduction --
Defining the Question --
Historical-Cultural Setting of the Hekhalot Literature --
Manuscripts of the Hekhalot Literature: Redaction and Text-Critical Issues --
History of Research --
Ritual Practices to Gain Power --
Ch. 2. Adjurations in the Hekhalot Literature --
Survey of Goals of the Adjurations --
Formulas Used in Adjuration --
Summary of Texts for Analysis --
Manuscript Exemplars of the Texts under Analysis --
Catalog A: Goals of the Adjuration --
Catalog B: Formulas of Adjuration --
Ch. 3. Ascetic Preparations for Hekhalot Adjurations --
Avoidance of Seminal Emissions and Sexual Activity --
Avoidance of Women --
Food Restrictions --
Immersions --
Length of Time --
Ch. 4. Adjurations as Performance --
Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Adjurations as Performance --
Performance Analysis of Selected Adjurations --
Ch. 5. The Hekhalot Adjurations in the Matrix of Ritual Practices of Late Antiquity --
Revelatory Adjurations --
Spells for Dream Divination from Late Antiquity --
The "Mithras Liturgy" and Ascent Accounts in Hekhalot Rabbati and Hekhalot Zutarti --
Palestinian Hekhalot Traditions --
Visions of Ezekiel --
Comparison with the Jewish Amulets and the Babylonian Incantation Bowls --
Ch. 6. Conclusions --
Provenance and Dating of the Hekhalot Adjurations --
Ritual Practices and Performance --
App. A. Texts of Sheva Zutarti --
App. B. Dream Question Texts --
App. C. Selected Sar ha-Torah and Revelation Adjurations --
App. D. Textual Criticism of Sefer ha-Razim.
Series Title: Harvard theological studies, no. 44.
Responsibility: Rebecca Macy Lesses.

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