This volume is a study of two of the most important Slavonic apocalypses, the Apocalypse of Abraham and 2 Enoch, as crucial conceptual links between the symbolic universes of Second Temple apocalypticism and early Jewish mysticism. The study seeks to understand the mediating role of these Slavonic pseudepigraphical texts in the development of Jewish angelological and theophanic traditions from Second Temple apocalypticism to later Jewish Merkabah mysticism attested in the Hekhalot and Shiʿur Qomah materials. The study shows that mediatorial traditions of the principal angels and the exalted patriarchs and prophets played an important role in facilitating the transition from apocalypticism to early Jewish mysticism.
Andrei A. Orlov, Ph.D. (1990) in Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Ph.D. (2003) in Theology, Marquette University, is an Associate Professor of Christian Origins at Marquette University (Milwaukee, USA). He has published extensively on the Old Testament pseudepigrapha including The Enoch-Metatron Tradition (TSAJ, 107; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2005) and From Apocalypticism to Merkabah Mysticism (JSJS, 114; Leiden: Brill, 2007).
All those interested in history of Jewish apocalypticism, history od early Jewish mysticism, Old Testament pseudepigrapha, Second Temple Judaism, the history of Late Antiquity, Divine Mediators traditions, biblical theologians (Old and New Testament), Christian Origins, experts in Slavonic texts.