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Praxis Of The Voice: The Divine Name Traditions In The Apocalypse Of Abraham

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The Apocalypse of Abraham is a Jewish work probably composed in Palestine in the early centuries of the Common Era. The text can be divided into two parts. The first part (chs. 1-8) of the work represents a haggadic account of Abraham's rejection of the religious practices of his father Terah. The second, apocalyptic part covers the rest of the work (chs. 9-32) and depicts the patriarch's ascension to heaven where he is accompanied by his angelus interpres Yahoel during his initiation into the heavenly and eschatological mysteries. Keeping in mind the aforementioned biblical specimens relating to the Kavod and the Shem conceptual developments, this chapter examines the imagery of the divine Presence in the Apocalypse of Abraham. The developments found in the Slavonic apocalypse should not be interpreted simply as a rejection of anthropomorphic theism through the aural paradigm of the divine Name.

Keywords: Apocalypse of Abraham; divine Name; divine Presence; divine Voice; Kavod concept; Shem tradition

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