Jewish Gnosticism, Merkabah Mysticism, and Talmudic Tradition

The outline under refers to an alternative Paperback variation, which might be came across at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0873341783/ref=dp_bookdescription?_encoding=UTF8&n=283155 This little ebook provides Gershom Scholem discoveries within the sector of Jewish Gnosticism which cross at the back of of what he already did in his “Major developments in Jewish Mysticism”. the following, Scholem offers an intensive second look of traditions embedded in Hekhalot Books preserved in Rabbinic circles which had retained deep attachment to Pharisaism. Having underrated the antiquity of those texts, such a lot students hence have been not able to correctly evaluation the phenomenon. Gnosticism, a non secular flow that believed in mystical esotericism for the go with derived from illumination and the purchase of the data of heavenly issues, now turns out to were on the subject of the very center of Judaism in Roman Palestine and in keeping with Scholem needs to be ascribed to both the Tannaitic or the early Amoraic interval. Did the differentiation of the top God and Demiurge, supposedly God of Israel, preceded the increase of Christianity and probably served as some extent of departure for definite Christian heresies? Scholem indicates that records of Christian Gnosticism presuppose the lifestyles of simple conceptions of Merkabah Mysticism and derides students who glance towards Iranian assets…

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