Category Archives: Priesthood

Another Important New Book by Andrei Orlov, “The Atoning Dyad: The Two Goats of Yom Kippur in the Apocalypse of Abraham”

Prolific author Andrei A. Orlov, Professor of Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity at Marquette University, has completed another exciting new book that is to be published by the prestigious biblical studies publisher, Brill, in the near future. (See here for updates on publication status.) I have to say that I am very excited about this […]

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New Andrei Orlov Book Released: Heavenly Priesthood in the Apocalypse of Abraham

As I previously announced on Heavenly Ascents, my MA advisor, Professor Andrei Orlov, has a new book entitled: Heavenly Priesthood in the Apocalypse of Abraham. Although I do not yet have my hands on a copy, I know that this is one to get excited about. Here’s a description:   Andrei A. Orlov, Heavenly Priesthood in […]

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On Divine Humanity

I found the following a while back and just recently looked at it again and thought it would be great to post here. British scholar Crispin Fletcher-Louis, in his book All the Glory of Adam, had the following to say about the early Jewish belief that all of humanity was meant to, and and eventually could, […]

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The Temple Studies Group Symposium IV: Laurence Hemming

“Adam in the Liturgy” — The Rev. Dr Laurence Hemming We cannot understand texts by simply reading them –Mainstream Christianity is being converted into an ethical humanism–we are moving away from doctrines like the resurrection. The liturgy is being converted into an opportunity for celebration of ethical humanism–this is nothing short of a blasphemy. Souls need […]

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The Jewish Legends of Jacob vs. Esau: The Birthright and the Blessing

I have had a crazy week, so all I have to offer on this week’s Old Testament Lesson 10 (“Birthright Blessings; Marriage in the Covenant) is two excerpts from Ginzberg’s Legends of the Jews. Now I realize that this work is not the best resource for reliable or primary-source material, but it is very interesting […]

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Melchizedek: King, Priest, and God and the Forbidden Degrees

The title of this post is actually somewhat deceptive as it implies that the post is going to be about Melchizedek, who can be considered a king, a priest, and also a god, and about the “Forbidden Degrees” (sounds tantalizing, eh?), which the title seems to suggest have some connection to Melchizedek. Well, as far […]

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The Temple Studies Group Symposium III: Laurence P. Hemming

Laurence Hemming is one of the co-founders of the Temple Studies Group. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Lancaster and a Fellow, tutor in Philosophy and Liturgy, and member of the Advisory Board, of St. Bede’s Hall, an independent Catholic College in Oxford.  He […]

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Temple Studies Symposium III: Archimandrite Ephrem

The Holy Oil in the Orthodox Church Although Prof. John Hall’s presentation was next after Dr. Barker’s, I am still working on the notes for his talk, so I will now post my notes from the esteemed Archimandrite Ephrem’s presentation covering the use of the anointing oil in the Orthodox Church, or, as he termed […]

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