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The Heavenly World And Its Relationship To This World According To Rabbinic Literature: Some Main Outlines

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This chapter explores explicit and implicit statements made about the relationship between the heavenly and earthly world. In this manner, it becomes evident that these pre-scientific cosmological ideas have their own logic. In an article published in 2005, Peter Schäfer called attention to the anti-apocalyptical impact of the world conception in b. Hag 12b. Concerning the depiction of the fourth heaven in b. Hag 12b, the integration of cultic elements in the description of the cosmos is remarkable: heavenly Jerusalem, with its sanctuary and altar, is located in the fourth heaven. Certain elements of the rabbinical conception of the world in b. Hag 12b also reflect a certain value system: righteousness, justice and mercy, as well as life and peace, have their stable place in the highest of the total of seven heavens and hence head the hierarchy conceived here.

Keywords: anti-apocalyptical impact; b. Hag 12b; Jerusalem; Peter Schäfer; rabbinical conception

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