Chapter Twelve: The Creation Narrative in Rabbinic Literature: Hagiga Chapter Two
I. The meaning of Cosmogony
II. "He Created Worlds and Destroyed Them"
III. "He Made His Nothing into Something"
IV. Creation, the Alphabet and the Name of God
V. The Pre-Existence of the Torah
VI. Tohu and Bohu
Chapter Thirteen: Messianism in Rabbinic Literature: Perek Helek in Sanhedrin
I. Eschatological Visions
II. The Signs of the End of Days
III. "In the Right Time" and "I Shall Hasten It", the Messiah at the Gates of Rome
IV. "There is No Messiah for Israel; they have Exhausted Him at the Time of Hezekiah"
V. Redemption and Repentance
IV. The Mother of the Messiah
Appendix: The Problem of the Messiah Son of David and the Apocalypse in Pesikta Rabbati
Chapter Fourteen: Magic and Demonology in Rabbinic Literature
I. The Problem of Terminology - the Conception of Language in Magic
II. Between Monotheism and Hellenism
IV. Magic and Early Christianity
V. The Sages and Witchcraft
VI. Evil Powers and Jewish Demons
Chapter Fifteen: Satanic Figures in Rabbinic Literature
I. Demonic Figures
II. Naama, the Sister of Tuval Cain
III. Ketev Meriri
IV. Agrat, Daughter of Mahlat
VI. Samael in Hekhalot Rabbati and others Sources
VIII. Ashmedai, the King of Demons
IX. Armilus, Son of Belial
Part III: Esoteric Literature in the Talmudic Period - Theological, Mystical and Cosmogonical Treatises
Chapter Sixteen: Sefer Yezira in the History of Jewish Thought
I. Sefer Yezira and Its Commentaries
II. Sefer Yezira and Kabbalistic Literature
III. Historical Approaches
IV. The Treatise and Its Time of Composition
V. The Earliest Version and the Development of Different Versions
VI. Sefer Yezira in the Middle Ages
VII. "Hilkhot Yezira", the Golem and Sefer Yezira
VIII. Science or Mysticism?
Chapter Seventeen: The Doctrine of Creation and the Sefirot in Sefer Yezira
I. Was the World Created or Engraved?
II. The Multiple Meanings of the Term Sefirot
III. The Sefirot and the Creation of the Elements
IV. The Characteristics of the Sefirot
Chapter Eighteen: Cosmology and the Doctrine of the Alphabet in Sefer Yezira
I. The Doctrine of the Letters of the Alphabet
II. Harmonia Mundi
III. The "Double Letters" and Dualistic Existence
IV. Twelve Simple Letters
V. The Teli, the Wheel and the Heart
VI. The Doctrine of the Letters and the Concept of Language in Antiquity
VII. Abraham, "the Author"
Chapter Nineteen: Metatron, The Prince of Countenance, The Demiurge, The Prince of the World, Youth, Enoch son of Jared
I. Metatron in Rabbinic Literature: Two Powers in Heaven?
II. "For my Name is in Him"
III. Metatron the Youth
IV. "The Prince of the World"
V. Metatron and Enoch
VI. The Transformation of Enoch
VII. Defining the Role of Metatron
VIII. Metatron and the Demiurge
IX. A Second Authority in Heaven
Chapter Twenty: The "Descenders to the Chariot" and the Beginning of Jewish Mysticism
I. "A Stone the Builders Neglected"
II. The Difference between the "Descenders to the Chariot" and Hekhalot and Merkavah Literature
III. The Realm of the Descenders to the Chariot
IV. The Writings of the Descenders to the Chariot
V. The Characteristics of the Literature of the Descenders
VI. Apophatic Language of the Descenders to the Chariot
Appendix: The Treatise "The Visions of Ezekiel"
Chapter Twenty-One: Sectarian Characteristics of Ancient Hebrew MysticismI. Sectarian Tradition and the Ancient Mystics
II. The Unique Powers of the Descenders to the Chariot
III. The School of the Mystics
IV. The Sect of the Builders of the Temple
V. A Mystical Sect?
VI. Analogy: The Early Hasidim
Chapter Twenty-Two: The Narrative of the Ten Martyrs, Martyrology and Mysticism
I. Jewish and Christian Martyrology in Antiquity
II. "Kidush ha-Shem" to Harugey Malchut"
III. The Martyrs and the Apocalypse of Hekhalot Rabbati
IV. Four or Ten?
V. The Evolvement of the Narrative
VI. The Martyrs, the Love of God and the Interpretation of the Song of Songs
VII. The "Beit Av" Version: Combining the Narrative and the Hekhalot Rabbati Text
VIII. The Martyrdom of Rabbi Akiva and his Collegues
Chapter Twenty-Three: The Divine Pleroma
I. The Role of the Pleroma in the Ancient Mystical Conception of God
II. The Celestial Realm in the Third Book of Enoch
III. From Terrestrial to Divine Entities
IV. The Divine Hierarchy
V. The Seven Higher Powers
VI: Sofriel and Shofriel: Life and Death