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A pre-eminent student of early Jewish mystical traditions, Gershom Scholem continually underlined the importance of Second Temple pseudepigrapha in the history of early Jewish mysticism. Recent studies of the origin of early Jewish mysticism have not engaged in any systematic treatment of several Jewish pseudepigraphic materials that have survived solely in their Slavonic translations. This collection of studies is to be seen as a preliminary step in the larger task of appropriating the Slavonic pseudepigraphic evidence for understanding the origins of early Jewish mysticism. Detailed explorations of such important texts as 2Enoch, the Apocalypse of Abraham and the Ladder of Jacob must follow to help resolve the mystery of this enigmatic collection of pseudepigraphic materials which might have preserved traces of one of the earliest trends of Jewish mysticism. Such investigations could assist in further clarifying the origin and nature of this important religious movement.

Keywords: 2Enoch; Apocalypse of Abraham; Hekhalot mysticism; Jewish mysticism; Ladder of Jacob; second temple apocalypticism; Slavonic Pseudepigrapha evidence



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