By Andrei A. Orlov
Divine Scapegoats is a wide-ranging exploration of the parallels among the heavenly and the demonic in early Jewish apocalyptical bills. In those fabrics, antagonists frequently reflect good points of angelic figures, or even these of the Deity himself, an inverse correspondence that means a trust that the demonic realm is maintained by means of imitating divine truth. Andrei A. Orlov examines the sacerdotal, messianic, and creational facets of this mimetic imagery, focusing totally on texts from the Slavonic pseudepigrapha: 2 Enoch and the Apocalypse of Abraham. those works are a part of a really designated cluster of Jewish apocalyptic texts that convey beneficial properties not just of the apocalyptic worldview but in addition of the symbolic universe of early Jewish mysticism. The Yom Kippur ritual within the Apocalypse of Abraham, the divine gentle and darkness of 2 Enoch, and the similarity of mimetic motifs to later advancements within the Zohar are of specific significance in Orlov’s consideration.
Andrei A. Orlov is Professor of Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity at Marquette college. he's the writer of numerous books, together with Dark Mirrors: Azazel and Satanael in Early Jewish Demonology, additionally released through SUNY Press.
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