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This selection of essays is a tribute to Rachel Elior´s many years of training, scholarship and mentoring. If a Festschrift displays the uniqueness of the honoree, then this quantity deals insights into the scope of Rachel Elior´s pursuits and scholarly achievements within the research of the lifeless Sea Scrolls, Jewish apocalypticism, magic, and mysticism from the second one Temple interval to the later rabbinic and Hekhalot advancements. nearly all of articles integrated within the quantity care for Jewish and Christian apocalyptic and mystical texts constituting the middle of experiential measurement of those non secular traditions.

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See Müller 1991, 2: 622. Müller observes that apocalyptic traditions have been good represented in Egypt, and that Petrine traditions additionally loved status there as a result apostle’s organization with Mark, who's commemorated in Egypt (Müller 1991, 2:625). As Lawlor and VanderKam exhibit, the various Christians who knew and used Enochic traditions pop out of Egypt – Athenagoras, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Julius Africanus, for instance – specially within the moment and 3rd centuries. because the Apocalypse of Peter used to be recognized to Clement and turns out to attract upon four Ezra and a pair of Peter, we will date the paintings to the 1st 1/2 the second one century. See Müller 1991, 2:622; cf. additionally Eusebius Hist. eccl. VI 14. 1. Bauckham 1998:160 argues that the Apocalypse used to be produced via a Palestinian Jewish Christian in the course of the Bar-Kokhba uprising. 38 The Gospel of Peter, notion to were composed within the moment century might be in Syria, doesn't provide an identical outstanding parallels or allusions to Enochic traditions. See Mirecki 1992, 5:279. probably drawing on 1 Peter, the Gospel of Peter, a textual content with docetic leanings, refers to Christ preaching to the useless after his crucifixion. It misreads 1 Peter 3:19-22, because it indicates no understanding of imprisoned spirits or of the fallen angels culture. 39 van Minnen 2003: 16-17. forty The texts are in Greek and apparently, have been all came across incomplete. Nickelsburg 2001: 12 wonders if the 3, which have been present in a grave and predicament trips to the area of the useless, served a functionality just like the Egyptian customized of burying a duplicate of the booklet of the lifeless with the deceased. 37 Peter and the Patriarch: A Confluence of Traditions? 23 short allusion is made to Jesus’ preaching to the useless within the Gospel of Peter (39-42), yet visits to the area of the lifeless, a paradise, and areas of autopsy punishment are arguably the focal point of the Apocalypse of Peter. There Peter has visions of assorted forms of hell the place he sees contributors present process punishments that relate to their respective sins. forty-one At one aspect, Peter is additionally in a position to stopover at a paradise. equally some of the early Enochic texts, in particular chapters 17-36 of the booklet of the Watchers, crisis the patriarch’s stopover at to the area of the lifeless and areas linked to autopsy punishment or eschatological blessing. From the Enochic textual content we know about areas of detention, the place disobedient celestial beings (see 1 Enoch 18-19, 21) and the human lifeless (1 Enoch 22) are held till the Day of Judgment. forty two The celestial beings – rebellious angels and disobedient stars – in addition to people are separated into particular preserving cells until eventually the day of judgment, simply as different types of sinners are grouped jointly within the Apocalypse of Peter. Enoch additionally has entry to areas of eschatological blessing that are relatively just like these defined within the Apocalypse of Peter (chapter 16). within the apocalypse, the apostle visits a paradise for the righteous that is akin to the outline of paradise-like locations within the booklet of the Watchers (1 Enoch 24-25, 28-32); either texts current their paradises as locations jam-packed with aromatic timber, spices, and end result.

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