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Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine$
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Martin Goodman and Philip Alexander

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264744

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.001.0001

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Hekhalot Literature and the Origins of Jewish Mysticism

Hekhalot Literature and the Origins of Jewish Mysticism

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(p.265) 15 Hekhalot Literature and the Origins of Jewish Mysticism
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Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine
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PETER SCHÄFER

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.003.0016

This chapter examines the origins of Jewish mysticism and the Hekhalot liteature. The findings do not confirm the trend in modern scholarship which locates the origins of Jewish mysticism in the Qumran literature and wishes to see an unbroken chain of distinctly mystical ideas leading from Qumran through rabbinic Judaism to the Hekhalot literature. The result also suggests that the category of mysticism has proved to be a dubious one mainly because of scholars' tendency to insert the notion of unio mystica into the ancient texts.

Keywords:   Jewish mysticism, Hekhalot literature, Qumran literature, rabbinic Judaism, unio mystica

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