Paradise Now: Essays on Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism

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April D. De Conick
Society of Biblical Lit, 2006 - Religion - 455 pages

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Contents

What Is Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism?
1
Religious Experience and the Construction of the Transcendent Self
27
Visionary Experience in Ancient Judaism and Christianity
41
Performative Exegesis
57
The Emergence of the Mystical Traditions of the Merkabah
83
The Ancient Jewish Apocalypses and the Hekhalot Literature
105
Rabbi Ishmaels Priestly Genealogy in Hekhalot Literature
127
The Temple Within
145
Situating the Afterlife
249
Eschatological Sorrow Divine Weeping and Gods Right Arm
265
The Therapeutae Text Work Ritual and Mystical Experience
287
Jewish and Christian Heavenly Meal Traditions
313
Baptismal Praxis and Mystical Experience in the Book of Revelation
341
Divine Secrets and Divination
355
Bibliography
381
Contributors
419

Gods Face in the Enochic Tradition
179
Wheels of Time in the Apocalypse of Jesus Christ
195
Sexuality and Gender of Angels
211
Lessons on Early Jewish Apocalypticism and Mysticism from Dream Literature
231
Index of Ancient Sources
423
Index of modern Authors
449
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