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Gershom Scholem - Jewish Gnosticism Merkabah Mysticism, And Talmudic Tradition

Gershom Scholem - Jewish Gnosticism Merkabah Mysticism, And Talmudic Tradition

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Jewish
Gnosticism,
Merkabah
Mysticism,
and Talmudic
Tradition
BASED
ON
THE
ISRAEL GOLDSTEIN LECTURES,
DELIVERED
AT
THE JEWISH THEOLOGICAL
SEMINARY
OF
AMERICA,
NEW
YORK
by
GERSHOM
G.
SCHOLEM
Professor
of
JewishMysticism,
The
HebrewUniversity,
Jerusalem
NEW YORK
THE JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OF AMERICA
5725
— 1965
 
©
1960,
by
THE JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
OF
AMERICA
Library
of Congress Catalogue
Card
Number:
60-10743.
Second, Improved
Edition,
1965
 
TABLE
OF
CONTENTS
PAGE
PREFACE
vii
REVISED
PREFACE
viii
I.
General Remarks 1
II.
The Halakhic Character of Hekhaloth Mysticism 9
III.
The Four Who Entered Paradise and Paul's Ascension to Paradise. ... 14
IV.
The Merkabah Hymns and the Song of the Kine in a Talmudic Passage.. 20
V.
Some
Old Elements in the Greater Hekhaloth 31
VI.
The Age of
Shiur
Komah
Speculation and a
Passage
in Origen 36
VII.
Some
Remarks on Metatron and Akatriel 43
VIII.
Some
Aggadic Sayings Explained by Merkabah Hymns. The Garmentof God 56
IX.
The Relationship
Between
Gnostic and Jewish Sources. Jewish Sourceson the Ogdoas. Yaldabaoth and
Ariel.
Elijah
and
Lilith
65
X.
The Theurgic Elements of the Lesser Hekhaloth and the Magical
Papyri
75
APPENDICES
A.
A New Interpretation of an Aramaic Inscription 84
B.
On the Magical Formulae
AKRAMACHAMAREI
and
SESENGEN
BARPHARANGES
94
C.
Ma'asseh Merkabah
—An Unpublished Merkabah Text 101
D.
Mishnath Shir ha-Shirim
—by Professor Saul Lieberman 118
ADDENDA
127

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