By Martha Himmelfarb
It is a research of the traditional Jewish and Christian apocalypses related to ascent into heaven, that have obtained little scholarly consciousness compared to apocalypses involved basically with the top of the area. contemporary advancements just like the book of the Aramaic Enoch fragments from Qumran and curiosity in questions of style within the examine of the apocalypses make this a very applicable time to adopt this research. Martha Himmelfarb locations the apocalypses when it comes to either their biblical antecedents and their context within the Greco-Roman global. Her research emphasizes the emergence of the certainty of heaven as temple within the e-book of the Watchers, the earliest of those apocalypses, and how during which this realizing impacts the depiction of the end result of ascent, the hero's success of a spot one of the angels, within the ascent apocalypses mostly. It additionally considers where of secrets and techniques of nature and primeval historical past in those works. eventually, it deals an interpretation of the pseudepigraphy of the apocalypses and their function.
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2 But for the Testament ofLevi, these questions can be answered with a greater degree of certainty than for most of the other testaments. 5 The central concern of the Testament of Levi is the corruption of the priesthood by Levi's descendants. At the start of the Testament, Levi describes two visions in which he is commissioned to serve as priest. In the first (chs. 2-5), he ascends to the heavenly temple where God himself entrusts him with the priesthood. In the second vision (ch. 8), angels anoint him and clothe him in the vestments of the priesthood.
Appropriately enough, Revelation also describes an angel in these terms, "a mighty angel. . with a rainbow over his head" (Rev. 10:1). 55 Whatever the origins of this image, it comes to be understood in relation to the wardrobe of the high priest, this time the glorious garments he wears daily when he officiates in the sanctuary. In the period of the Second Temple the high priest's vestments were the object of considerable interest. 56 The Letter of Aristeas offers a fairly straightforward description of the high priest in full dress that may nonetheless suggest something like Ezekiel's glow: He was girded with a girdle of conspicuous beauty, woven in the most beautiful colours.
55 Whatever the origins of this image, it comes to be understood in relation to the wardrobe of the high priest, this time the glorious garments he wears daily when he officiates in the sanctuary. In the period of the Second Temple the high priest's vestments were the object of considerable interest. 56 The Letter of Aristeas offers a fairly straightforward description of the high priest in full dress that may nonetheless suggest something like Ezekiel's glow: He was girded with a girdle of conspicuous beauty, woven in the most beautiful colours.
Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses by Martha Himmelfarb