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Heavenly Priesthood in the Apocalypse of Abraham by Andrei A. OrlovAndrei A. Orlov focuses on the central rite of the Abraham story - the scapegoat ritual that receives a striking eschatological reinterpretation in the text. He demonstrates that the development of the sacerdotal traditions in the Apocalypse of Abraham, along with a cluster of Jewish mystical motifs, represents an important transition from Jewish apocalypticism to the symbols of early Jewish mysticism.
The Apocalypse of Abraham is a vital source for understanding both Jewish apocalypticism and mysticism. Written anonymously soon after the destruction of the Second Jerusalem Temple, the text envisions heaven as the true place of worship and depicts Abraham as an initiate of celestial priesthood. The Apocalypse of Abraham is one of the most significant ancient documents to have been preserved solely in translation into Slavonic, and its lost Hebrew, or perhaps Palestinian Aramaic, original may be the earliest mystical writing of Judeo-Christian tradition.
Translations and Commentaries
The Apocalypse of Abraham by G. H. 1869-1933 Box; J. LandsmanThis is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.
Retroverting Slavonic Pseudepigrapha by Alexander Kulikhis work is the first systematic attempt to apply retroversion to Slavonic pseudepigrapha. Slavonic literary tradition preserved translations of many important documents of ancient religious thought. The elaboration of principles and tools for the retroversion of these writings is critical for the proper understanding of the originals. This study contains a new translation of the Apocalypse of Abraham and is organized formally as a discussion of separate problematic segments of the text.