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Table Of Contents

Apocalypticism and Eschatology
Apocalyptic Topics
Apocalypticism and Wisdom
Apocalypticism and Tora
Mystical Antecedents in the Pseudepigrapha
The Greek and Aramaic Interpretations of Genesis 5:24
Traditions Which Take a More Sober View of Enoch
Traditions Which View Enoch in a More Exalted Light
Early Christian Appropriation of the Enoch Tradition
Te Epistle of Jude
Elsewhere in the NT
1 Peter
Revelation of John
2 Corinthians
The Vision of the Risen Christ (Rev 1)
The Vision of the Merkava in Revelation 4
Mystical Insight Concerning the Lamb and the Beast
Angels and Shepherds: Te Lucan Infancy Narratives
Baptism and Transfguration
Te Son of Man
‘I Send My Angel Before My Face’
Te Gospel of John: ‘An Apocalypse in Reverse’
‘Seeing Visions’: Te Perspective of Acts
Only the Tird Heaven: 2 Corinthians 12:2–4
God’s Secret and Hidden Wisdom
Christ Present and Absent, Hidden and Revealed
1 John: Christ Angel or Messiah?
Te Ascension of Isaiah and 1 Peter
Apocalypticism and Gnosis
The ‘Mainstream’ Rabbinic Sources
The Hekhalot Writings
Introductory Remarks
Abbreviations and Conventions
The Four Who Entered Pardes (§ 344–346//338– 339)13
The Vision of God (§ 348– 352)19
The Celestial Names (§ 357–367)38
The Throne Midrash (§ 368–375)64
The Ascent Midrash (§ 407– 412)76
Instructions for the Ascent (§ 413 –419)81
Closing Remarks by Akiva (§ 422–424)100
Visions of the Enthroned Glory
Te Merkava at Qumran
Cosmos and Temple in Later Jewish Sources
‘Descenders’ to the Merkava
Part 1: Te Jewish Background
Te ‘Mainstream’ Sources
Te Hekhalot Versions
Part 2: Paul’s Heavenly Ascent and its Signifcance
Text and Context of 2 Cor 12:1–12
Paul’s Unwilingness to Boast
Te ‘Man in Christ’ and Paul’s Earthly Personality
Te Angel of Satan
Unutterable Words
Summary of Findings
Paul’s Apostolic Call
Statement of Purpose
‘Four Entered Paradise’ in the Context of tHag 2:1–7
‘Typologies’ in Rabbinic Literature
Rabbinic Pardes Parables
Goshen Gottstein’s ‘Parabolic Dimension’
Mediators of Glory in Merkava Mysticism
Israel’s Worship and the Celestial Liturgy
The Shiur Koma: Traditions, Texts, Recensions
Jewish Anthropomorphism and Gnostic Dualism
Shiur Koma as Esoteric Worship
The Angelic Youth
Te Concealment of the Messianic Youth
Te Celestial Image of Jacob-Israel
Shiur Koma Teachings in Tannaitic Midrashim
Gigantic Heavenly Figures in Other Ancient Sources
Te Angel Israel
A Shiur Koma Reference in 2 Enoch
Markos Gnostikos and the ‘Body of Truth’
Te Gospel of Philip
Te Book of Elchasai
Te Angelic Kavod of the Magharians
Preliminary Remarks
Te Fullness (Plērōma)
Te Church as the Body
Summary of Conclusions
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The Mystery of God, Early Jewish Mysticism and the New Testament

The Mystery of God, Early Jewish Mysticism and the New Testament

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