The Hekhalot literature is a motley collection of textually fluid and often textually corrupt documents in Hebrew and Aramaic which deal with mystical themes pertaining especially to God's throne-chariot (the Merkavah). They were composed between late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, with roots in earlier traditions and a long and complex subsequent history of transmission.
This volume presents English translations of eclectic critical texts, with a full apparatus of variants, of most of the major Hekhalot documents:
Merkavah Rabba; briefer macroforms:
The Chapter of R. Nehuniah ben HaQanah,
The Great Seal-Fearsome Crown,
The Ascent of Elijah ben Avuyah, and
The Youth; and the Hekhalot fragments from the Cairo Geniza.
James R. Davila, Ph.D. (1988), Harvard University, is Professor of Early Jewish Studies at the University of St Andrews. His books include
Descenders to the Chariot: The People behind the Hekhalot Literature (2001) and
The Provenance of the Pseudepigrapha (2005).
Of interest to specialists in Jewish mysticism and late antique and medieval Judaism; specialists in cognate disciplines such as biblical studies, patristics, and medieval studies; and students in these areas.