Hekhalot Literature in Translation

Major Texts of Merkavah Mysticism


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: Hekhalot Rabbati; Sar Torah; Hekhalot Zutarti; Ma'aseh Merkavah; Merkavah Rabba; briefer macroforms: The Chapter of R. Nehuniah ben HaQanah, The Great Seal-Fearsome Crown, Sar Panim, The Ascent of Elijah ben Avuyah, and The Youth; and the Hekhalot fragments from the Cairo Geniza.

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Biographical Note
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.
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