Beholders of divine secrets : mysticism and myth in Hekhalot and merkavah literature (eBook, 2003) [WorldCat.org]
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Beholders of divine secrets : mysticism and myth in Hekhalot and merkavah literature

Author: Vita Daphna Arbel
Publisher: Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Arbel, Vita Daphna.
Beholders of divine secrets.
Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, ©2003
(DLC) 2002042638
(OCoLC)50982277
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vita Daphna Arbel
ISBN: 1417537418 9781417537419 0791457230 9780791457238 0791457249 9780791457245 9780791486856 0791486850
OCLC Number: 56408508
Notes: Based on a doctoral thesis submitted to the Hebrew University, Jerusalem in 1997.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 250 pages)
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Hekhalot and Merkavah Literature and Its Mystical Tradition --
2. Hekhalot and Merkavah Mysticism --
3. Mythical Language of Hekhalot and Merkavah Mysticism --
4. Mystical Journeys in Mythological Language --
5. Concept of God: Mystical and Mythological Dimensions --
6. Literary, Phenomenological, Cultural, and Social Implications.
Responsibility: Vita Daphna Arbel.

Abstract:

"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. Arel 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."--Jacket.

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