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In the mirror of the divine face: The enochic features of the exagoge of Ezekiel the tragedian

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Moses received Torah from the Lord on earth, the Enochic hero acquired his revelation in the celestial realm, instructed there by angels and God. In the biblical account the Lord descends to Moses' realm to convey his revelation to the seer, while Enoch is able to ascend to the divine abode and behold the Throne of Glory. The advantage here is clearly on the side of the Enochic hero. One of the significant early testimonies of this polemical interaction between Mosaic and Enochic traditions has survived as a part of the drama Exagoge, a writing attributed to Ezekiel the Tragedian that depicts the prophet's experience at Sinai as his celestial enthronement. The text seeks to enhance the features of the biblical Moses and attribute to him some familiar qualities of exalted figure of seventh antediluvian patriarch Enoch. This chapter investigates the possible connections between the Exagoge and the Enochic tradition.

Keywords: biblical account; divine abode; Enochic tradition; Exagoge; Ezekiel; Moses; revelation; Sinai; Torah

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