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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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One of the important compendiums of Jewish mystical lore, a composition known to scholars as 3 Enoch or the Book of the Heavenly Palaces (Sefer Hekhalot) offers a striking re-interpretation of the canonical account of Moses' reception of Torah. One of the significant early testimonies of the 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. This chapter investigates the possible connections between the Exagoge and the Enochic tradition. Here, as in the case of very few distinctive visionaries who were predestined to encounter their heavenly counterparts and to behold the divine Face like their own reflection in a mirror, Moses too finds out that his luminous face is a reflection of the glorious face of the Deity.

Keywords: divine Face; Enochic features; Exagoge; Ezekiel the Tragedian



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