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"Calls" to "Thrones" To "Chariots": Glory in Jewish Apocalypses

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In the throne visions of early Jewish apocalypses, Glory forms part of the characteristic field of signifiers used to describe the heavens. The titular use of Glory signifies the anthropomorphically described presence of God, who is himself the apex of the heavenly hierarchy. The polyvalent meanings of Glory find their home in the heavenlies. Glory is frequently employed in the description of the throne chariot. The Sabbath Songs possess profound implications for the development of Glory as an apocalyptic symbol. To appreciate the significance of the use of Glory chronicled in this chapter, the discussion is set in the larger context of Christian origins. The early Jewish tradents employed God's attributes, exalted patriarchs, and principal angels to speak of "divine agency". The chapter shows that Glory formed part of the semantic field used to speak of God, of his principal angel, and even of exalted patriarchs.

Keywords: divine agency; Glory; God; Jewish apocalypses; Sabbath Songs; throne chariot



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