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Bibil Identifier bibil:218074
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Jesus as Merkabah Mystic
Author Quarles, Charles L.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Volume: 3, Issue: 1)
Reviewed book Rabbi Jesus. An Intimate Biography
Year (Publication) 2005
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2005
Year (Copyright) 2005
Year (Reference) 2005
Language English
Pages 5-22 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article examines and critiques the portrayal of Jesus as a merkabah mystic in Bruce Chilton's Rabbi Jesus. After providing a brief summary of Chilton's presentation of Jesus' spirituality, the article explores the origin of merkabah mysticism and questions whether available sources confirm the existence of a developed mysticism that included the practice of the ascent during Jesus' lifetime. The article also examines the New Testament texts to which Chilton appeals as evidence of Jesus' mysticism. The article concludes that Chilton's fascinating theory has only meager support in the canonical Gospels since a careful comparison of the words and activities of Jesus of Nazareth and the descenders of chariot in Tannaitic and hekhaloth literature discovers more differences than similarities.
DOI 10.1177/1476869005053863
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Merkabah
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Jesus : Comprehensive Studies
Genres Review Article
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