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The Origins of Jewish Mysticism
Peter Schäfer

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Acknowledgments XI
Abbreviations XIII

Introduction 1
Mysticism 1
Jewish Mysticism 9
1 Phases of Jewish Mysticism 9
2 Unio mystica 17
Origins 20
The Origins of Jewish Mysticism 23

Chapter 1: Ezekiel's Vision: The Cosmos as Temple 34
Chapter 2: Enoch and His Circle: Ascent to Heaven 53
The Book of the Watchers (1 Enoch 1-36) 53
The Testament of Levi67
Similitudes of Enoch (1 Enoch 37-71) 72
2 Enoch 77

Chapter 3: Enoch's Companions: From the Community to the Individual 86
Apocalypse of Abraham 86
Ascension of Isaiah 93
Apocalypse of Zephaniah 99
Apocalypse of John 103

Chapter 4: Qumran: Communion with the Angels 112
A Community of Priests 113
Communion with the Angels in the Holy War 116
Liturgical Communion with the Angels 122
The Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice 130
The Self-Glorification Hymn 146
Summary 151

Chapter 5: Philo: The Ascent of the Soul 154
Philo's Concept of God 155
Body and Soul, Senses and Mind 160
The Soul's Vision of God 164

Chapter 6: The Rabbis I: Approaching God through Exegesis.175
Reading and Expounding the Torah 176
The Cycle of Seven Stories 185
1 Yohanan b Zakkai and Eleazar b Arakh: Teacher and Student 186
2 Chain of Transmission 195
3 Four Entered a Garden 196
4 Parable of the King's Garden 203
5 Parable of the Middle Course 206
6 Ben Zoma and Creation 207
7 Creation 209
Summary 210

Chapter 7: The Rabbis II: The Merkavah in Context 214
Yerushalmi 214
Bavli 222

Chapter 8: The Merkavah Mystics 243
Hekhalot Rabbati 244
1 The Gedullah Hymns 245
2 The Qedushah Hymns 254
3 The Ten Martyrs Narrative 256
4 The Apocalypses 257
5 Qedushah Hymns and Hymns of Praise 259
6 The Ascent Accounts 268
Hekhalot Zutarti 282
1 335-374: Ascent Accounts 283
2 375-406: Metatron 294
3 407-427: The Test of the Mystic and His Ascent 298
4 489-495: The Book of the Mysteries of the Divine Names 304
5 498-517: The Magic of the Name 305
Shi'ur Qomah 306
3 Enoch 315
1 Ishmael's Ascent 316
2 Enoch Is Metatron 318
Summary 327

Chapter 9: Conclusions 331
Ezekiel and the Ascent Apocalypses 331
Hekhalot Literature 339
Qumran 348
The Rabbis 350
Philo 352
Mysticism 353
Bibliography 357
Source Index 373
General Index 391

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