Guardians of the Gate: Angelic Vice Regency in Late Antiquity

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Dezember 1998



This exploration of the phenomenon of angelic vice regency in Late Antiquity compares figures from Judaism, Mandaeism, and Gnosticism. The first part of the book is devoted to the question of mediation in Late Antiquity and to the role of exegesis in the formation of vice regent myths. The second part of the book examines the Jewish figures Metatron and Akatriel, the Mandaean figure Abathur, and the Gnostic figure Sabaoth. After a final chapter on the types of communities which may have produced these myths, the volume concludes with appendices which briefly examine Christian, Muslim, and Hermetic traditions.This volume is especially helpful to those interested in the connections between late antique mythologies and in particular the many parallels between Jewish mysticism and Mandaeism.


Nathaniel Deutsch, Ph.D. (1995) in History of Judaism/History of Religions, University of Chicago, is Professor of Religion at Swarthmore College. He has published on African American religions, Mandaeism, Gnosticism, and Judaism, including The Gnostic Imagination: Gnosticism, Mandaeism, and Merkabah Mysticism (Brill, 1995).


'" important contribution to the comparative study of western religion in late antiquity, which leaves us with a better understanding of Merkavah mysticism, Mandaeism, and Gnosticism, and the connections between them"' James R. Davila, "Journal for the Study of Judaism", 2000.
EAN: 9789004109094
ISBN: 9004109099
Untertitel: 'Brill's Series in Jewish Studi'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 1998
Seitenanzahl: 184 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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