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Unraveling a Theophanic Text—Exodus 12: Typology as a Method of Decoding Heavenly Mysteries

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Apocalyptic epistemology involves another essential element originating in the paradigmatic Danielic figure; namely, the hermeneutical technique of interpreting parables. According to one of Martha Himmelfarb's observations, the category of ascension involves an emblematic turn from prophetic to apocalyptic narrative. George Nickelsburg indicates a new dissimilarity between the prophet and the apocalyptic visionary. The content of the mysteries revealed to Enoch covers a large variety spanning from the mysteries of the temple to the mysteries of creation and from the mysteries of history to those concerning human destiny. One of the distinctive attributes of the scribe and sage is the accurate interpretation of revelation. The method of unveiling divine mysteries is undertaken through the exegetical process in which paschal interpreters decipher the parables and hidden meanings of the ancient scriptures. Accordingly, elucidating the parables and the intricate and obscure places of scripture defines the key preoccupation of the scribe.

Keywords: ancient scriptures; apocalyptic epistemology; divine mysteries; Enoch

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