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Jewish Apocalyptic Literature: Apocalypse of Abraham

Specific Approaches, Passages, and Themes

Apocalypse of Abraham

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.

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