Important New Monograph by Andrei A. Orlov, “Divine Scapegoats”

Andrei A. Orlov, Divine Scapegoats: Demonic Mimesis in Early Jewish Mysticism (Albany: SUNY, 2015) 352 pages, ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5583-9

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 demonic realm is maintained by imitating divine reality. Andrei A. Orlov examines the sacerdotal, messianic, and creational aspects of this mimetic imagery, focusing primarily on two texts from the Slavonic pseudepigrapha: 2 Enoch and the Apocalypse of Abraham. These two works are part of a very special cluster of Jewish apocalyptic texts that exhibit features not only of the apocalyptic worldview but also of the symbolic universe of early Jewish mysticism. The Yom Kippur ritual in the Apocalypse of Abraham, the divine light and darkness of 2 Enoch, and the similarity of mimetic motifs to later developments in the Zohar are of particular importance in Orlov’s consideration.
https://books.google.com/books?id=KQKaBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA3&dq=Divine+Scapegoats:+Demonic+Mimesis+in+Early+Jewish+Mysticism&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vZ5DVZfSA4OUNr-pgXA&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Divine%20Scapegoats%3A%20Demonic%20Mimesis%20in%20Early%20Jewish%20Mysticism&f=false

 

This entry was posted in Apocalypticism/Mysticism, Early Judaism, Pseudepigrapha/Apocrypha, Religious Scholars and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

One Comment

  1. David Carlisle
    Posted June 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    It would be interesting to see a study of how Orlov’s chapter on the nourishment of azazel could affect our understanding of both the showbread in the temple and the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*
*

Subscribe without commenting