New PDF release: Guardians of the Gate: Angelic Vice Regency in Late

By Both Associate Professors of Religion Nathaniel Deutsch;N Deutsch

ISBN-10: 9004109099

ISBN-13: 9789004109094

This exploration of the phenomenon of angelic vice regency in past due Antiquity compares figures from Judaism, Mandaeism, and Gnosticism. the 1st a part of the publication is dedicated to the query of mediation in overdue Antiquity and to the function of exegesis within the formation of vice regent myths. the second one a part of the booklet examines the Jewish figures Metatron and Akatriel, the Mandaean determine Abathur, and the Gnostic determine Sabaoth. After a last bankruptcy at the sorts of groups that can have produced those myths, the quantity concludes with appendices which in short study Christian, Muslim, and airtight traditions. This quantity is mainly precious to these drawn to the connections among past due old mythologies and specifically the numerous parallels among Jewish mysticism and Mandaeism.

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Finally, the well attested (Jewish and Gnostic) tradition of the seventy two divine forms must be mentioned . ,. Since the plural form is used, Schafer, (Geniza, n. " " This motif appears in §§784; 804; 967 and 743, where it (more specifically, God's "right arm") is explicitly linked to the image of the "dwellings". 48 Deut. 33:27. The use of this verse may allude to the more complex issue of the measure of God's body or the Shiur Qgmah, since in Sifre Deuteronomy 355 the verse Deut. 33:26, "0 Jeshurun, there is none like God, riding through the heavens to help you, through skies in His majesty," is cited as a proof text in what appears to be a rabbinic exposition of the Shiur Qomah doctrine.

Jewish Gnosticism, p. " 29 As Alexander writes in "The Historical Setting of the Hebrew Book of Enoch,'' p. 161. IN PRAISE OF METATRON 37 Metatron is actually called by the names Yahoel Yah and Yahoel. 30 While the depiction of Metatron in 3 Enoch is well known, the Cairo Genizah preserves a manuscript fragment with an equally striking depiction of an angelic junior deity. 31 Although the angel in the fragment is never explicidy identified as Metatron, its overall depiction and the explicit identification of the flgure with the Angel of the Lord in Ex.

33 Similarly, the angelic vice regent reinforces or establishes new boundaries by initially disrupting or challenging them. For example, the Mandaean vice regent Abathur ruptures the lower boundary of the world of light by gazing below into the "black waters". This rebellious act results in the establishment of the physical universe and the stratification of the boundary between this world and the world of light. In Jewish sources, Metatron challenges the boundary between divine and angelic natures by remaining seated when Aher encounters him.

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