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Abulafia And Jesus: Metatron And Sandalfon

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The theme's prevalence in Abulafia's writing, apparent in a complex edifice of hermeneutical elaboration built upon it, serves to demonstrate the centrality of the mystical obligation, in Abulafia's estimation, to reconcile the opposites within the self. This chapter explores some of these themes with an eye toward their impact upon Abulafia's relationship to Christianity. The identification of Metatron with the divine name Shaddai is widely prevalent in Abulafia's writings, and he notes here that the two names have the same numerical value. The figure of Lilith in the Middle Ages had become a nexus for anxiety with respect to the demonic threat. As Abulafia continues in his discussion from Sitrei Torah, a kind of reestablishment of Metatron occurs. The procreative dimension, discussed in the chapter, of Metatron and Sandalfon refers to their erotic union with each other.

Keywords: Abraham Abulafia; Christianity; Lilith; Metatron; Sandalfon; Sitrei Torah

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