The names of God and the celestial powers : their function and meaning in the Hekhalot literature

  • Excerpt: "Names and adjurations are the two main theurgic means found in the Hekhalot literature applied in connect ion with the descent to the Merkhavah and the invocation of angels to come down to earth and to reveal secrets," says Ithamar Gruenwald in his book on the Merkavah literature. He continues and maintains, with Gershom Scholem, that "that particular element in the Hekhalot Literature actually belonged to its very heart and this almost from its beginning." It is very seductive for the student of this literature to go straight to the heart of these texts; but the danger of this approach is as great as the danger of yeridat merkavah itself. Indeed, I feel as if I am passing the gates of the Hekhalot, the watchers of the gates standing on both sides prepared to throw their iron axes at my head. I can only hope that I may present the proper names! [...]

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Author:Karl Erich Grözinger
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe (21)
Document Type:Postprint
Year of Completion:1987
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2008/08/01
Source:Jerusalem studies in Jewish thought. - 6 (1987), 1-2, pp. 53 - 69
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Religionswissenschaft
Dewey Decimal Classification:2 Religion / 29 Andere Religionen / 290 Andere Religionen
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Notes extern:
This paper was first published in: Jerusalem studies in Jewish thought. - 6 (1987), 1-2, pp. 53 - 69
ISSN 0333-7081