By Ithamar Gruenwald
It is a new and revised version of the e-book first released 1980. It comprises new introductory and concluding chapters in addition to a Bibliography and up to date Index. in addition, mammoth corrections, updates, and adjustments were made within the unique textual content. The alterations challenge concerns of language and elegance, they nuance the road of argumentation, and so they replace the dialogue of significant matters. the hot chapters fill numerous scholarly gaps that experience opened because the preliminary booklet of this publication in 1980. the recent Introductory bankruptcy explores new venues and concerns within the research and evaluate of the Hekhalot literature and suitable passages in apocalyptic literature, and this in mild of epistemological and ontological issues. The Concluding bankruptcy discusses the ritual praxis of the adventure of the Hekhalot mystics and its affitnity to magic, and this when it comes to new ways to ritual conception.
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In any event, Betz’s detailed discussion of the ritual aspects of the Mithras Liturgy exposes an interesting spectrum of similarities between the rituals mentioned and prescribed in Hekhalot writings. It should be pointed out, though, that the main subject matter of the Mithras Liturgy is not mysticism in the visionary sense discussed here. It emphasizes the factor of “immortality” (ἀθανασία). The notion of the hostile and destructive look of the heavenly beings is a recurrent theme in the Hekhalot literature.
It entails special acts of making experientially present that which otherwise is un-experienceable. Normally, obtaining from the divine any kind of human aspiration—be it knowledge, daily needs, or any other kind of wishes—uses petitioner’s stances. It does not necessarily apply mystical hymnology or any other kind of linguistic or literary oeuvre, including magical adjurations. However, what may endow these stances with potentials that have special intensity is the sophisticated array of psychic expressions, some of which entail intense formulations in the course of which magical components are allowed to enter.
J. Tambiah, Buddhism and Spirit Cults in North-east Thailand (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970). For a more recent study of the issue from the vantage point of the socio-psychological aspect of comparative anthropology, see L. K. Suryani and G. F. Jensen, Trance and Possession in Bali (Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press. 1995). See A. Goldreich, Automatic Writing in Zoharic Literature and Modernism [in Hebrew] (Los Angeles: Cherub Press, 2010). See also M. Idel, Enchanted Chains: Techniques and Rituals in Jewish Mysticism (Los Angeles: Cherub Press, 2005); M.
Apocalyptic and Merkavah Mysticism (2nd Edition) by Ithamar Gruenwald