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Glory/Kabod Christology and Soteriology

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This chapter argues that both early rabbinic materials on Pesach and early Christian paschal homilies of Asia Minor testify to the expectation of the divine glory at the time of the Pesach/Pascha festival. The main rationale for this expectation consists in the salvific function of the divine kabod, while the festival of Pesach/Pascha is the privileged time for the divine descent and manifestation. Since the same expectation may be also encountered in some of the Jewish documents of the Second Temple period ascribed to Philo, the chapter also argues as well that the rabbinic and Christian expectations of the divine glory stand for two different developments of a theologico-liturgical vision belonging to the Second Temple festival of Pesach. One may examine these materials from a mystical angle, in which they seem to reflect the existence of a form of mysticism which engages a whole community, not simply an individual.

Keywords: divine glory; divine kabod; early rabbinic materials; Pesach/Pascha festival; Second Temple period



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