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The Pillar Of The World: The Eschatological Role Of The Seventh Antediluvian Hero In 2 (Slavonic) Enoch

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This chapter explores the tradition of Enoch-Metatron as the foundation of the world and the possible roots of this motif in 2 (Slavonic) Enoch. In commenting on the identification of the final aeon with the righteous, Moshe Idel notes that in Jewish mysticism the righteous are often portrayed as the cosmological foundation of the world. In light of this identification Idel proposes that in 2 Enoch the implicit connection might exist between the protological and eschatological foundations the first represented by the primeval aeon Adoil and the second by the eschatological aeon of the righteous. It does not seem coincidental that the portentous revelation about the final aeon of the righteous comes from the mouth of the seventh antediluvian patriarch, the hero known in Jewish lore for his exemplary righteousness. In light of this connection the motif of Enoch's righteousness is explored more closely.

Keywords: 2 (Slavonic) Enoch; aeon Adoil; Enoch-Metatron; seventh antediluvian hero



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