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Between Heaven And Earth: Liminal Visions In 4ezra

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In the opening chapters of 4Ezra, Ezra is found unable, even in sleep, to escape memories of destruction. No new earthly place is depicted in 4Ezra, only the heavenly treasure houses destined for the righteous and the torturous Sheol ordained for the corrupt, lawless and evil ones. In 4Ezra, Ezra comes to construct a new context for his revelation at Sinai as he ascends into a heavenly realm and joins those who are like him. This transformation does not only involve his own visions as "Ezra"; rather, through each vision "Ezra" is linked with other remote figures of the past. In 4Ezra revelation is received only in a space that is not inhabited and explicitly apart from the remaining community. Ezra's transformation throughout the seven visions is truly remarkable.

Keywords: 4Ezra revelation; destruction of the Second Temple; Ezra's transformation



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