From Martyr to Mystic: Rabbinic Martyrology and the Making of Merkavah Mysticism

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Mohr Siebeck, 2005 - 376 pàgines
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 widely disseminated post-talmudic martyrology 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 - here achieved bloodlessly through heavenly ascent and liturgical performance. Heikhalot Rabbati emerged as a part of a broader effort to fashion a distinct social identity for the Heikhalot visionary. In parsing the complex relationship between rabbinic martyrology and Heikhalot literature, 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.
 

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Heikhalot Literature and Rabbinic Martyrology
15
The Formation of
51
Apocalyptic Forms
149
Genre Inversion and Identity Reversal
199
The Yeridah of Rabbi Ishmael in Heikhalot Rabbati 108
208
A Day of Pure Celebration in Heikhalot Rabbati 111
217
The Castigation of Emperor Lupinus in Heikhalot Rabbati 112119
226
The Function
245
S 198203
260
Foundation Narratives and InterCommunal Polemics in
281
Conclusion
287
The Thematic Evolution of Posttalmudic Martyrology
294
Bibliography
303
Source Index
337
Modern Author Index
360
Copyright

Martyrological Material and Narrative Framing in Heikhalot Rabbati
252

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Sobre l'autor (2005)

Ra'anan S. Boustan, Born 1971; 2004 PhD; Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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