The Hekhalot and Merkavah Literature and Its Mystical Tradition. Those who define mysticism in terms of a certain type of experience of God often seem to forget. Heikhalot Literature. Scholars Reprinted with permission from Descenders to the Chariot: The People Behind the Hekhalot Literature, published by Brill. The Hekhalot literature is a motley collection of textually fluid and often textually corrupt documents in Hebrew and Aramaic which deal with.

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Let anyone who seeks him sit forty days in fasting. Akiva in the Sar Torah text that frequently follows the Hekhalot Rabbati in the manuscripts: It has taken for you arrays of Literatkre A related passage appears in the Hekhalot Zutarti. Ishmael narrates his ascent through the seven palaces, and his singing of a hymn in the seventh.

The end of the Sar Panim appears literaturd be an exorcism text para. There blew around me wind, storm, and tempest, literatude the noise of earthquake upon earthquake was in front of me and behind me.

And your answer gives us both Israel and Bavel, which perspective were they written in Israel or Bavel. The constellation of practices and experiences that has sometimes been called Merkavah mysticism is better described as a form of shamanism heavily tinged with magic.

Nick was one of the eleven spiritual “grandfathers” of Wallace Black Elk, who was groomed to literatuge a shaman from childhood in accordance with a prophecy of nineteen generations before Wallace Black Elk and William S. Let him not gaze on various dyed things. HarperSanFrancisco, ] xviii-xx, This collection of songs concludes, “R. And three lines in the form of crowns are on his forehead and the middle one is broken into three, and they are wide lines.


Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan discusses this material extensively in Meditation and Kabbalah. Let him not go out or come in, and he must neither eat nor drink. After explaining how to summon the angel Suriah para. The angels and seals for each gate are listed. At one point he seems to have replanted the world tree p.

Others argue they were written around the year as a response to Islamic influence. First, there is “mysticism. Nevertheless, it provides an important literaturee for difficult texts in earlier strata of the Hekhalot literature.

The culmination of the ascent in paragraph is the theurgical adjuration of God. I take no position on this conclusion to what is an extremely difficult problembut I take issue with her similar conclusions about the Hekhalot literature pp.

Hekhalot | Old Testament Pseudepigrapha – School of Divinity, University of St Andrews

Halperin reconstructs a tradition of synagogue exegesis associated with Shavuot sermons that he believes generated the traditions found in the Hekhalot literature. The following passage from the Hekhalot Rabbati is a case in point. God is nearly as remote in the heavenly throne room as he is on earth. Many other passages deal with the control of angels, but these are representative.


A very common way is by ingesting mind-altering drugs of various types. Ishmael the twelve constellations and begins reciting a horoscope:. But this and other features of hekhaloot narrative are strikingly similar lkterature the experiences ascribed to the descenders to the chariot, making the initiatory vision of the Tagvi Samoyed shaman Sereptie of special interest to us.

There is no one way that a person becomes convinced of his or her call to shamanhood. 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. Seven heavens are mentioned occasionally in the Hekhalot texts e.

Hekhalot literature

Parashat Va-eira in 4 days. In the Hekhalot Rabbati, R. Yediot Achronot, Hebrew.

The words in brackets appear to be variants from different recitations. The salutary effects of reciting this teaching are also described paras.

She takes the position that the Second Temple apocalypses should be read “not as fictionalized accounts of personal experiences but as works of fiction from start to finish” p. As Halperin admits, the term “people of the land” is not well understood, and thus is of limited use for our purposes. After his intiatory transformation he was returned to earth.