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Heavenly Priesthood in the Apocalypse of Abraham

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  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107039070

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  • The Apocalypse of Abraham is a vital source for understanding both Jewish apocalypticism and mysticism. Written anonymously soon after the destruction of the Second Jerusalem Temple, the text envisions heaven as the true place of worship and depicts Abraham as an initiate of celestial priesthood. Andrei A. Orlov focuses on the central rite of the Abraham story – the scapegoat ritual that receives a striking eschatological reinterpretation in the text. He demonstrates that the development of the sacerdotal traditions in the Apocalypse of Abraham, along with a cluster of Jewish mystical motifs, represents an important transition from Jewish apocalypticism to the symbols of early Jewish mysticism. In this way, Orlov offers unique insight into the complex world of the Jewish sacerdotal debates in the early centuries of the Common Era. The book will be of interest to scholars of early Judaism and Christianity, Old Testament studies, and Jewish mysticism and magic.

    • Examines the Apocalypse of Abraham, a relatively neglected piece of ancient writing preserved solely in its Slavonic translation
    • Explores early Jewish priestly and liturgical traditions so readers can better understand the formation of sacerdotal traditions in the crucial time of transition from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages
    • Discusses and clarifies the roots of Jewish and Christian demonology and angelology
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    "… offers unique insight into the complex world of the Jewish sacerdotal debates in the early centuries of the Common Era."
    Johannes van Oort, Vigiliae Christianae

    'A study at once clear and masterful.' translated from Revue d’Histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107039070
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    Part I. Sanctuaries:
    1. The anthropomorphism of the earthly temple: the idols of Terah's family
    2. The aniconism of the celestial temple: the abode of the divine voice
    3. The corporealism of the demonic temple: the Kavod of Azazel
    Part II. Rituals:
    4. The priestly settings of the text: the Yom Kippur ceremony
    5. The transformation of the celebrants
    6. The mysteries of the throne room
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Andrei A. Orlov, Marquette University, Wisconsin
    Andrei A. Orlov is Professor of Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity at Marquette University. His recent publications include Divine Manifestations in the Slavonic Pseudepigrapha (2009), Selected Studies in the Slavonic Pseudepigrapha (2009), Concealed Writings: Jewish Mysticism in the Slavonic Pseudepigrapha (2011) and Dark Mirrors: Azazel and Satanael in Early Jewish Demonology (2011).

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