The following sections of Hekhalot Rabbati (hereafter HR) have been (1) Smith’s “Observations on Hekhalot Rabbati,” in Biblical and Other. (This is the fifth and final post of a series. To begin the series, click here.) “Oh–oh, the eyes are there. Always the eyes are there. Only the. HEKHALOT RABBATI היכלות רבתי THE GREATER TREATISE CONCERNING THE PALACES OF HEAVEN translated from the Hebrew and Aramaic by.

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Jewish mystical texts Merkabah mysticism Kabbalah stubs. Some of the Hekhalot texts are: So, you can imagine my surprise. Contemplation of the chariot chapters of Ezekiel are at least as early as Johanan ben Zakkaiand, following the discovery among the Cairo Genizah Fragments of an early text describing Johanan’s experience, it seems clear that Saul who became Paul practised this mysticism, and that this was the hekhhalot of his many reported experiences, including the vision on the Damascus road.

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Hekhalot Rabbati: The Greater (Book of the Heavenly) Palaces

Posted by Ayin at I remain unimpressed by the way this useful philosophical tool is ranbati in the service of narrow-mindedness by people actively pursuing a reductionist agenda. The title, by the way, is a reference to Occam’s Razor. Hekhalot Rabbati Morton Smith translation. About Me Ayin I’m an academic specialising in Jewish thought, theology and philosophy.

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As well as the two blogs here, I also have a more formal research blog at www. This is a text I have seen referred to often, but only ever to mention that it exists and was never published. Views Read Edit View hekhalo. Retrieved 21 December By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


This page was last edited on 14 Julyat Subscribe To Posts Atom. Retrieved from ” https: About Ayin’s Razor This blog is used as an outlet for my thoughts on whatever topic occurs to me. 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. The Hekhalot literature is a genre of Jewish esoteric and rabbatj texts produced some time between late antiquity — some believe from Talmudic times or earlier — to the Early Middle Ages.

Hekhalot literature

I also sometimes talk about music and politics. Early Jewish magic and mysticism connected with the palaces of heaven hekhalot and the chariot merkabah of Elijah by which he was carried up to heaven. The concepts are deceptive but the text lends its self to simplistic elegance. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia.

Newer Post Older Post Home. It’s all just words on a screen, really. Modern Language Association http: 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.

It remains the only full translation of the text. The Hekhalot literature sometimes transliterated Heichalot from the Hebrew word for “Palaces”, relating to visions of ascents into heavenly palaces. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. I approach philosophy like art, not like science. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

Home Religion Dictionaries thesauruses pictures and press releases Hekhalot and merkabah. Other similar texts are: The hidden and manifest God: The translation itself was carried out by Morton Smith over several years and then corrected by Gershom Scholem.

The other surviving treatises date from the 3rd to 7th cents. Ishmael describes his ascension and meeting with MetatronSar ha-Panimthe Prince of Countenances; and Shi’ur Gekhalot The Measurement of the Heightin which the vision of God is described in anthropomorphic terms derived particularly from Song of Songs.


The PDF is available here: Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. These cover a few different areas, including theology, metaphysics and epistemology with a slight shading in favour of continental and linguistic phiosophy. A couple of days ago I noticed – pretty much by accident – that Digital Brilliance are hosting a document purporting to be the translation of Hekhalot Rabbati by Morton Smith.

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The caveats mentioned by transcriber Don Karr in his preface are not to be take lightly; further it is advisable to digest the implications of David Halperin’s article reviewing Schafer et al’s Synopse zur Hekhalot Literatur. Thank you for making this thought provoking piece of literature available. Retrieved December 29, from Encyclopedia. In this rather lengthy review Halperin is at pains to stress the lack of definable boundaries to Hekhalot “texts”; if it is indeed the case that there were at one point single units such as Hekhalot Rabbati or Hekhalot Zutarti the mauscripts we now possess make impossible the task of correct delineation.

This Kabbalah -related article is a stub. Since then I have contacted Jacobus Swart moderator of the Kabbalah Concepts group who advises me that, based on its matching with the fragments he has seen published in Scholem’s own work, the document is “assuredly” what it claims to be.

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