Category Archives: Pseudepigrapha/Apocrypha

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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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, […]

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Enoch and the City of Zion: Can an Entire Community Ascend to Heaven?

There are some things that I have done in the past year or two that I have not managed to post on this blog. I hope to rectify some of that and be a bit more active in getting things up here. One of these is my participation in early 2013 in a conference entitled […]

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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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The Legend of the Ten Lost Tribes “Carried Over the Waters”

Eli Yassif of Haaretz has a recent article that looks at legends surrounding the  ten Lost Tribes of Israel. One story, found in the book of 4 Esdras, speaks of the ten tribes being “carried over the waters” and inhabiting a land “where never mankind dwelt.” As far as we know, the oldest source that refers […]

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“And There Are Many Kingdoms”: D&C 88 and the Hierarchy of Kingdoms

I recently had the opportunity to lead a discussion on the topic of Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) 88 in which we delved into the subject of the multiple kingdoms of glory as they are described in that section. That discussion reminded me of some material I had posted on Heavenly Ascents a few years back. […]

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New Material on

I have recently been contributing a bit to the website of the Academy for Temple Studies —  As Bryce Haymond has recently posted information about some of this new material, I will just re-post here from his blog, An “Enoch and the Temple” conference occurred in February 2013, with a keynote by George Nickelsburg.Videos of […]

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Forthcoming Title from Andrei Orlov: Heavenly Priesthood in the Apocalypse of Abraham

I am very excited about this forthcoming book from my former academic advisor Andrei Orlov of Marquette University:   Andrei A. Orlov Heavenly Priesthood in the Apocalypse of Abraham Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Cambridge University Press (31 July 2013) ISBN-10: 110703907X ISBN-13: 978-1107039070   The Apocalypse of Abraham is a vital source for understanding both […]

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