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A Version Of Hekhalot Zutarti

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This chapter offers a preliminary English translation of the macroform Hekhalot Zutarti (HekhZ). The macroform itself is the product of a stream of literary and editorial activity going back to the second or, at latest, early third century CE. The title 'HekhZ' is derived from the well-known responsum on the story of the four who entered pardes by Rav Hai Gaon b. Sherira (939-1038), who refers to two allegedly Tannaitic 'mishnayot', called Hekhalot Rabbati (HekhR )and HekhZ (i.e., the 'Greater' and 'Lesser' Hekhalot). In the extant manuscripts of the hekhalot writings, the title Hekhalot Rabbati (HekhR) is applied to the largest of the macroforms. The version of HekhZ that follows includes all of the material included by both Schäfer and Elior (§ 335-374 and 407-419), plus § 375 (included by Elior but not by Schäfer) and the Akiva 'postscript' (422- 424).

Keywords: Hekhalot Rabbati (HekhR); hekhalot writings; Hekhalot Zutarti (HekhZ)



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