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Contents
Vol. III




Chapter Twenty-Four: The Highest Divine Realms

I. Two Groups of Three and One of Four

II. The Princes of the Chariot

III. The Divine Court

IV. The Pleroma in Hekhalot Rabbati

V. Totrosiai The Lord God of Israel

Chapter Twenty Five: Angelic and Divine Powers

I. The Division Between the Realm of the Angels and the Divine Pleroma

II. Pleroma and Mythos

III. The Alphabet and the Powers of the Pleroma: AZBOGA

IV. The Names of the Divine Powers

Chapter Twenty-Six: The First Treatise on the Nature of God: The Shiur Komah

I. The Uniqueness of the Shiur Komah

II. Shiur Komah in the Context of Esoteric Tradition and the Exegesis of the Song of Songs

III. The Limbs and the Names

IV. The "Creator of Genesis"

V. The Power of Mystical Knowledge


Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Gate to the Sixth Palace and the Dangers of the Mystical Ascension
I. The Warnings in Rabbinic Literature and their Impact on the Mystics

II. The Traditions in the Treatise Hekhalot Zutarti

III. The Traditions in the Treatise Hekhalot Rabbati

IV. The Rebellion of the Guardians of the Sixth Palace

V. Overcoming the Guardians

IV. The Development of the Various Traditions

VII. The Relationships between Earlier and Later Myths


Chapter Twenty-Eight: The Songs of the Mystics

I. The Poetry of Hekhalot Literature in the Context of Ancient Hebrew Poetry

II. The Hymns in Hekhalot Zutarti

III. Hekhalot Rabbati: The Poetics of the Hymns

IV. The Kedushah in Hekhalot Rabbati

V. The Development of the Kedushah and its Relation to Hekhalot Literature

VI. The Kedushah in the Third Book of Enoch

VII. The Hymns of Hekhalot Rabbati

VIII. Praises, Kedushah and Mystical Experience

IX. The Origin of the Prayer "Aleinu le-Shabeh"

X. "He is His Name and His Name is He, He is in His and His Name in His Name, His Name is Song and Song is His Name"

Appendix: The Treatise Perek Shira

Chapter Twenty-Nine: Sefer Zerubavel – Apocalypse and Messianic Vision

I. The History of the Book of Zerubavel

II. Sefer Zerubavel and Hekhalot Literature

III. Hefzi-Bah, the Mother of the Messiah, and Armilus, the Satanic Figure

IV. The Apocalyptic Context

V. The Visions of Redemption

VI. The Influence of the Sefer Zerubavel on Jewish Eschatology

Appendix: "The Apocalypse of David"

Chapter Thirty: "The Alphabet of Rabbi Akiva" and the New Conception of Language

I. The Position of the Alphabet of Rabbi Akiva in the History of Jewish Thought

II. The Conceptual Message of the Work's Structure

III. The Relationship to the Sefer Yezira

IV. The Relationship to Hekhalot Literature

V. "A New Sky and a New Earth"

VI. The Secret Names of God

VII. The Alphabet of Rabbi Akiva and the Third Book of Enoch

VIII. A Second Version and the Circle of the Interpreters of the Alphabet

Chapter Thirty-One: Sefer ha-Razim: Angelology, Cosmology and Magic

I. The Margaliot Edition of Sefer ha-Razim

II. The Time and Background of Sefer ha-Razim

III. The Structure of the Work and Its Message

IV. The Opening Narrative

V. The Invocation of Hatred

VI. The Planet Venus

VII. The Souls of the Dead

VIII. Interpretation of Dreams

IX. The Cult of the Sun and the Moon

X. The Chariot of Helios

XI. Horses and Fire

XII. The Princes of the Months and Knowledge of the Future

XIII. The Seventh Heaven

Chapter Thirty-Two: Magic in Hekhalot and Merkavah Literature

I. Mysticism or Magic? The Descenders to the Chariot and the Prince of the Torah

II. Invoking the Prince of the Torah

III. The Magical Work "The Sword of Moses"

IV. The "Havdala of Rabbi Akiva"

V. Reading the Lines of Hand and Face

Chapter Thirty-Three: The Secret of Genesis in Late Antiquity: "Seder Rabba di-Bereshit

I. Cosmology and Cosmogony in Jewish Esoteric Literature in Late Antiquity

II. The Interpretation of the Narrative of Genesis

III. Cosmological Structures

IV. The Abyss and Gehenna

V. The Heavens and the Heavens above the Heavens

Chapter Thirty-Four: Cosmogonical Systems in Late Midrashic Works

I. Midrash Tadsheh and Cosmic Harmony

II. Midrash Konen and the Secret of Creation

III. The Concept of Creation in the Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer

IV. The Creation of the Heavenly Bodies and their Functions

V. The Cosmogonical System of Midrash Bereshit Rabbati


Appendix: On the Treshhold of the Middle Ages
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