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Hekhalot Fragments

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The Hekhalot Fragments, seem to be part of two different compositions, and they are of special interest for a number of reasons. First, although they extensively quote from Hekhalot Rabbati, they contain material that was hitherto unknown. Second, one of these fragments contains historical, though enigmatic, references. Finally, they claim to be a systematic angelic revelation, it is an angel who describes the celestial world to the mystic and explains to him how to ascend there safely, not the mystic who reports of his experiences during the heavenly ascent. In the words of the text, the angel teaches the mystic "the study of the descent unto the Merkavah". It seems that the complete text described the details of the descent from the first stages of the preparation to the entrance into the seventh Hekhal.

Keywords: Hekhalot Fragments; Hekhalot Rabbati; Merkavah



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