What are the Heikhalot texts? Who wrote them, and to what end? For the last generation, the question of the purpose of the material has been debated. Broadly speaking, two positions have been defended. The first is that the Heikhalot literature describes otherworldly experiences especially ascents to heaven but also the summoning of angels to earth as well as the means to achieve them. The second is that the alleged experiences described in the texts again, especially the heavenly ascents are primarily literary constructions based on creative exegesis interpretation of scripture and rabbinic myth, and it is doubtful that any genuine experience lies behind them.
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Login via Institution. Author: James Davila. The Hekhalot literature is a motley collection of textually fluid and often textually corrupt documents in Hebrew and Aramaic which deal with mystical themes pertaining especially to God's throne-chariot the Merkavah.
They were composed between late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, with roots in earlier traditions and a long and complex subsequent history of transmission. This volume presents English translations of eclectic critical texts, with a full apparatus of variants, of most of the major Hekhalot documents: Hekhalot Rabbati ; Sar Torah ; Hekhalot Zutarti ; Ma'aseh Merkavah ; Merkavah Rabba ; briefer macroforms: The Chapter of R.
E-Book PDF. Prices from excl. VAT :. View PDF Flyer. Contents About. By: James R. Pages: i—vii. Pages: 37— Pages: — Biographical Note James R. Davila , Ph.
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The Hekhalot literature sometimes transliterated Heichalot from the Hebrew word for "Palaces", relating to visions of ascents into heavenly palaces. The Hekhalot literature is a genre of Jewish esoteric and revelatory texts produced some time between late antiquity — some believe from Talmudic times or earlier — to the Early Middle Ages. Many motifs of later Kabbalah are based on the Hekhalot texts, and the Hekhalot literature itself is based upon earlier sources, including traditions about heavenly ascents of Enoch found among the Dead Sea scrolls and the Hebrew Bible pseudepigrapha. Some of the Hekhalot texts are: . Other similar texts are: . The Hekhalot literature is post-rabbinical, and not a literature of the rabbis, but since it seeks to stand in continuity with the Rabbinic literature often pseudepigraphical. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Hekhalot Literature in Translation