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The Imaginal Context And The Visionary Of The Aramaic New Jerusalem

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One may argue that since the preserved text of the Aramaic New Jerusalem (NJ) does not clearly divulge the identity of the seer, any speculation would in the end be inconclusive, and never reach beyond degrees of possibility or plausibility. In this contribution in honor of Florentino García Martínez, the author initiates this search, for two different reasons. The first is to assess all the textual and contextual clues that might shed light on the identity of the seer. Secondly, however, there lies a more important issue behind this query, namely whether the identity of the seer in a visionary or apocalyptic text is tangential, or essential to the imaginal world of the author(s) of the text. The chapter, therefore, intertwines different enterprises. Florentino's caution in not pursuing the essentially literary-historical, and ultimately unanswerable, question about the identity of the implied author of NJ, should be regarded as correct.

Keywords: apocalyptic text; Aramaic New Jerusalem; Florentino García Martínez; imaginal world; visionary text



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