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Bibil Identifier bibil:202272
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Study of Heikhalot Literature: Between Mystical Experience and Textual Artifact
Author Boustan, Ra'anan S.
Journal Currents in Biblical Research (Volume: 6, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Copyright) 20072
Year (Reference) 2007
Year (Second publication) 2007
Language English
Pages 130-160 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay outlines the fundamental methodological and empirical advances that the study of Heikhalot literature has experienced during the past 25 years with the aim of encouraging specialists and enabling non-specialists to approach this complex material with greater precision and sophistication. The field of early Jewish mysticism has been profoundly shaped by the increasing integration in the humanities of cultural and material histories, resulting in an increased focus on scribal practice and other material conditions that shaped the production and transmission of these texts. Against previous assumptions, recent research has shown Heikhalot literature to be a radically unstable literature. This article will review the research tools (editions, concordances, translations, etc.) that now allow for careful analysis of Heikhalot and related texts. Tracing recent research, I demonstrate how our new understanding of the fluid and heterogeneous nature of the Heikhalot corpus will better enable scholars to pursue the important work of understanding its social and religious significance, within the broader landscape of late antique and medieval religions.
DOI 10.1177/1476993X07080244
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Midrash : Homiletic Midrashim : Hekhalot-Merkabah (in general)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Apocalyptic
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Posterity of Adam to the deluge : Enoch : 3 Enoch (Hebrew) (Sefer Hekhalot)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Midrash : Homiletic Midrashim : Hekhalot-Merkabah (in general) : Hekhalot Rabbati
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Midrash : Homiletic Midrashim : Hekhalot-Merkabah (in general) : Hekhalot Zutarti
Genres Research History
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