Guardians of the Gate: Angelic Vice Regency in Late by Both Associate Professors of Religion Nathaniel Deutsch;N

By Both Associate Professors of Religion Nathaniel Deutsch;N Deutsch

This exploration of the phenomenon of angelic vice regency in overdue Antiquity compares figures from Judaism, Mandaeism, and Gnosticism. the 1st a part of the booklet is dedicated to the query of mediation in overdue Antiquity and to the position of exegesis within the formation of vice regent myths. the second one a part of the booklet examines the Jewish figures Metatron and Akatriel, the Mandaean determine Abathur, and the Gnostic determine Sabaoth. After a last bankruptcy at the kinds of groups that could have produced those myths, the amount concludes with appendices which in short research Christian, Muslim, and airtight traditions. This quantity is principally precious to these drawn to the connections among past due old mythologies and particularly the various parallels among Jewish mysticism and Mandaeism.

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40 The Trickster in West Aftica, p. 135. MYTH AND EXEGESIS 21 ambivalent relationship between the trickster and the high god. Either the trickster represents a human hero who was transformed and elevated to the rank of a semi-deity, or, conversely, a deity who was displaced and demoted to the rank of semi-deity by the high god. 41 In both scenarios, the trickster competes and/or collaborates with the high god. The angelic vice regent also has an ambivalent relationship with the high god. g. Metatron's sitting; Abathur's procreative activity).

Laura Makarius, "The Magic of Transgression," Anthropos 69, 1974. 20 CHAPTER TWO ruption of boundaries or breaking of taboos ultimately results in the reinforcement of pre-existing boundaries or the creation of new ones. The trickster "enters the human world to make things happen, to recreate boundaries..... Then he returns to that hidden threshold which he embodies and makes available as a passage". 34 Both trickster and angelic vice regent symbolize the ability of human beings to pass between sacred and profane modes of being.

E. date of composition. " 34 CHAPTER THREE declares "I am Enoch, the son of] ared. When the generation of the Flood sinned and turned to evil deeds ..... the Holy One, blessed be he, took me from their midst to be a witness against them in the heavenly height..... ' As a type of divine man, Metatron functions as the archetypal initiate and pilgrim as well as the model for angelification. 2 2 Metatron's role as a high priest highlights the functional parallel between the angelic vice regent and the human mystic (both are priests), whereas his transformation from a human being into an angel reflects an ontological process which may be repeated by mystics via their own enthronement and angelification.

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