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Contents
Vol. II



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

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Chapter Fourteen: Magic and Demonology in Rabbinic Literature

I. The Problem of Terminology - the Conception of Language in Magic

II. Between Monotheism and Hellenism

III. Sources

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

V. Samael

VI. Samael in Hekhalot Rabbati and others Sources

VII. Lilith

VIII. Ashmedai, the King of Demons

IX. Armilus, Son of Belial



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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
VII. Mysticism?
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

IX. Summary

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
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