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The Greatest Mirror
The Greatest Mirror (November 2017)
Heavenly Counterparts in the Jewish Pseudepigrapha
Andrei A. Orlov - Author

A wide-ranging analysis of heavenly twin imagery in early Jewish extrabiblical texts.

The idea of a heavenly double—an angelic twin of an earthbound human—can be found in Christian, Manichaean, Islamic, and Kabbalistic traditions. Scholars have long traced the lineage of these ideas to Greco-Roman and Iranian sources. In The Greatest Mirror, Andrei A. Orlov shows that heavenly twin imagery drew in large part ...(Read More)
 
 
Divine Scapegoats
Divine Scapegoats (May 2015)
Demonic Mimesis in Early Jewish Mysticism
Andrei A. Orlov - Author

Explores the paradoxical symmetry between the divine and demonic in early Jewish mystical texts.

Divine Scapegoats is a wide-ranging exploration of the parallels between the heavenly and the demonic in early Jewish apocalyptical accounts. In these materials, antagonists often mirror features of angelic figures, and even those of the Deity himself, an inverse correspondence that implies a belief that the dem...(Read More)
 
 
Dark Mirrors
Dark Mirrors (December 2011)
Azazel and Satanael in Early Jewish Demonology
Andrei A. Orlov - Author

Discusses the two most important figures in early Jewish mythologies of evil, the fallen angels Azazel and Satanael.

Dark Mirrors is a wide-ranging study of two central figures in early Jewish demonology—the fallen angels Azazel and Satanael. Andrei A. Orlov explores the mediating role of these paradigmatic celestial rebels in the development of Jewish demonological traditions from Second Temple apocalypticism ...(Read More)
 
 
Biblical Parables and Their Modern Re-creations
Biblical Parables and Their Modern Re-creations (November 1999)
From "Apples of Gold in Silver Settings" to "Imperial Messages"
Gila Safran Naveh - Author

Offers a penetrating cross-cultural analysis of the enduring genre of parables, revealing a dramatic social, cultural, and political shift in the way we view the divine.

In Biblical Parables and Their Modern Re-creations, Gila Safran Naveh carefully charts the historical transformation of these deceptively simple narratives to reveal fundamental shifts in their form, function, and most significantly, their readers' cognitive pro...(Read More)
 
 
Guide to the Bible
Guide to the Bible (January 1998)
The Hebrew Scriptures (or Old Testament), Selected Apocryphal Books, The New Testament
Saul Levin - Author

Guide to the Bible grew out of a course Saul Levin taught for many years on the Bible as literature. Designed as an accessible introduction to the Bible for nonspecialists, this work helps readers to understand ancient scripture as its authors intended. By elucidating the cultural context of the ancient world, Levin guides readers to an enriched appreciation of the Bible and its vision of the divine and of the world.

In this classic study, St. John’s Revelation is approached as a great and singular theological poem. Austin Farrer shows how the...(Read More)
 
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