By James R Davila

The Hekhalot literature is a weird and wonderful conglomeration of Jewish esoteric and revelatory texts in Hebrew and Aramaic, produced someday among past due antiquity and the early heart a long time and surviving in medieval manuscripts. those texts claims to explain the self-induced religious reports of the "descenders to the chariot" and to bare the concepts that authorised those magico-religious practitioners to view for themselves Ezekiel's Merkavah in addition to to achieve keep watch over of angels and a supernatural mastery of Torah. Drawing on epigraphic and archaeological proof from the center East, anthropological types, and a variety of cross-cultural facts, this ebook goals to teach that the Hekhalot literature preserves the lessons and rituals of genuine non secular functionaries who flourished in past due antiquity and who have been particularly just like the functionaries anthopologists name shamans.

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