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The Dream Visions In The Noah Story Of The Genesis Apocryphon And Related Texts

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Dreams and dream visions as a form of heavenly-human communication play a significant role in more than one Second Temple work. This chapter looks at one motif in various symbolic dreams, that of tree and plant imagery, tracing its appearance and transformations in a variety of Jewish and non-Jewish texts. The tree imagery found in its well-developed dream visions sheds light on the employment of this motif in other works and on their possible interrelationship. The chapter examines how tree imagery is used to symbolize the righteous, Noah in particular but also Shem and Abraham. It focuses mainly on the tree motif in dreams in the Book of Giants, where this motif s predictive function symbolizes the coming of a catastrophe but where images of new growth symbolize the survivors. The lives of Noah and Abraham are the subject of the bulk of the surviving columns of the Genesis Apocryphon.

Keywords: Abraham; dream visions; Genesis Apocryphon; Jewish texts; Noah; tree imagery



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