From Martyr to Mystic

Rabbinic Martyrology and the Making of Merkavah Mysticism
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ISBN-13:
9783161487538
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.11.2005
Seiten:
376
Autor:
Raanan S. Boustan
Gewicht:
728 g
Format:
238x165x27 mm
Serie:
112, Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Ra'anan S. Boustan traces the historical emergence of the specific form of 'mystical' discourse found in Heikhalot Rabbati. He argues that the creators of Heikhalot Rabbati sought to fashion a myth of origins for their distinctive brand of heavenly ascent practice by radically reworking the narrative framework of The Story of the Ten Martyrs. Heikhalot Rabbati not only renders redundant the notion of atoning self-sacrifice that is central to the martyrology, but also ascribes to the Heikhalot visionary the intercessory function of the martyr. The author illuminates how the figures of the rabbinic martyr and the Merkavah mystic came to play parallel, yet competing, roles within the highly influential conceptions of history that were bequeathed to medieval Jewish communities by late antique Judaism.