The following sections of Hekhalot Rabbati (hereafter HR) have been (1) Smith’s “Observations on Hekhalot Rabbati,” in Biblical and Other. (This is the fifth and final post of a series. To begin the series, click here.) “Oh–oh, the eyes are there. Always the eyes are there. Only the. HEKHALOT RABBATI היכלות רבתי THE GREATER TREATISE CONCERNING THE PALACES OF HEAVEN translated from the Hebrew and Aramaic by.

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This is a text I have seen referred to often, but only ever to mention that it exists and was never published. Retrieved from ” https: Retrieved 21 December The Hekhalot literature is a genre of Jewish esoteric and revelatory texts produced some time between late antiquity — some believe from Talmudic times or earlier — to the Early Middle Ages.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. About Ayin’s Razor This blog is used as an outlet for my thoughts on whatever topic occurs hekhaloy me. I also sometimes talk about music and politics. This page was last edited on 14 Julyat The concepts are deceptive but the text lends its self to simplistic elegance.

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Hekhallot title, by the way, is a reference to Occam’s Razor. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

Some of the Hekhalot texts are: So, you can imagine gekhalot surprise. I remain unimpressed by the way this useful philosophical tool is abused in the service of narrow-mindedness by people actively pursuing a reductionist agenda. Modern Language Association http: Thank you for making this thought provoking piece of literature available.


Other similar texts are: Posted by Ayin at Views Read Edit Hejhalot history. The Hekhalot literature is post-rabbinical, and not a literature of the rabbis, but since it seeks to stand in continuity with the Rabbinic literature often pseudepigraphical.

These cover a few different areas, including theology, metaphysics and epistemology with a slight shading in favour rabbqti continental and linguistic phiosophy. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.

Hekhalot Rabbati: The Greater (Book of the Heavenly) Palaces

Jewish mystical texts Merkabah mysticism Kabbalah stubs. Since then I have ravbati Jacobus Swart moderator of the Kabbalah Concepts group who advises me that, based on its matching with the fragments he has seen published in Scholem’s own work, the document is “assuredly” what jekhalot claims to be. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. The translation itself was carried out by Morton Smith over several years and then corrected by Gershom Scholem.

Hekhalot literature

Retrieved December 29, from Encyclopedia. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. The Hekhalot literature sometimes transliterated Heichalot from the Hebrew word for “Palaces”, relating to visions of ascents into heavenly palaces. Subscribe To Posts Atom.

I approach philosophy like art, not like science. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Contemplation of the chariot chapters of Ezekiel are at least as early as Johanan ben Zakkaiand, following the discovery among the Cairo Genizah Fragments of an early rabvati describing Johanan’s experience, it seems clear that Saul who became Paul practised this mysticism, and that this was the foundation of his many reported experiences, including the vision on the Damascus road.

A couple of days ago I noticed – pretty much by accident – that Digital Brilliance are hosting a document purporting to be the translation of Hekhalot Rabbati by Morton Smith. Hekhalt motifs of later Kabbalah are based on the Hekhalot texts, and the Hekhalot literature itself is based upon earlier sources, including traditions about heavenly ascents of Enoch found among the Dead Sea scrolls and the Hebrew Bible pseudepigrapha.


Don’t expect my ideas to be clear-cut or honed Early Jewish magic and mysticism connected with the palaces of heaven hekhalot and the chariot merkabah of Elijah by which he was carried up to heaven.

Ayin’s Razor: Hekhalot Rabbati – Morton Smith translation

Hekhalot Rabbati Morton Smith translation. As well as the two blogs here, I also have a more formal research blog at www. The other surviving treatises date from the 3rd to 7th hkhalot. Ishmael describes his ascension and meeting with MetatronSar ha-Panimthe Prince of Countenances; and Shi’ur Komah The Measurement of the Heightin which the vision of God is described in anthropomorphic terms derived particularly from Song of Songs.

The caveats mentioned by transcriber Don Karr in his preface are not to be take lightly; further it is advisable to digest the implications of David Halperin’s article reviewing Schafer et al’s Synopse zur Hekhalot Rbbati. In this rather lengthy review Halperin is at pains to stress the lack hekhalor definable boundaries to Hekhalot “texts”; if it is indeed the case that hejhalot were at one point single units such as Hekhalot Rabbati or Hekhalot Zutarti the mauscripts we now possess make impossible the task of correct delineation.

About Me Ayin I’m an academic specialising in Jewish thought, theology and philosophy. It’s all just words on a screen, really. The hidden and manifest God: It remains the only full translation of the text.