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The Heavenly Temple, The Prison In The Void And The Uninhabited Paradise: Otherworldly Sites In The Book Of The Watchers

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This chapter concerns specifically on the representations of otherworldly realities in the Book of the Watchers. That is to say, many of the sites one might associate with the sacred from the perspective of the ancients were inaccessible and available to only the divine, celestial or liminal beings or certain elect few. There are aspects to Enoch's visionary experience and to the heavenly temple that are unique. The chapter examines three very different sites associated with the otherworld in the Book of the Watchers: the heavenly temple, the prison of the stars and the Pardes of Righteousness or Truth. One of these otherworldly sites functions as the eternal home for the divine, one serves as the temporary holding cell for disobedient celestial beings, and one relates to traditions concerning ancestors, the first couple and an unusual tree.

Keywords: book of the watchers; Enoch; heavenly temple; otherworldly sites



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