Tag Archives: Heavenly Ascents

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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Did Jesus Deny the Possibility of Heavenly Ascents? (John 3:13)

If so, then maybe I should change the name of my blog!! 🙂 A few people have been asking me whether I plan to do regular posts on New Testament Sunday School topics, as I had been doing with the OT.  I would have to say that my tentative answer is either “maybe” or “probably […]

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April DeConick: Seminar on “Mapping Death:Religious Preparation for the Afterlife Journey”

Looking back, I probably should have spaced these posts out over a few days to prevent you all from developing “information overload” syndrome.  But this last post today is a good one (at least I think so). It has come to my attention (via her blog Forbidden Gospels) that Rice University Professor of Biblical Studies, […]

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Answers to Questions Regarding Heavenly Ascent in Early Jewish and Early Christian Literature

This post comprises some very interesting questions posed to me by a new reader of this blog, Steve Bastasch, regarding the development of the “heavenly ascent” theme in early Christian thought and writings and their Jewish background. My answer to these questions follows. ————————————————————————— Steve: I’m new to your Heavenly Ascents blog – it looks […]

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New Heavenly Ascents YouTube Channel

For anyone interested, I have now (finally) set up a YouTube channel for Heavenly Ascents. I have been contemplating doing this for some time, but have now gone ahead and done it.  YouTube is an important medium — a great place to share your message. I have been impressed and inspired by many of the […]

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“The Temple as a Place of Ascent to God” — Bryce Haymond’s Notes From the Daniel Peterson Fireside

Bryce Haymond over at www.templestudy.com has posted his notes from Dr. Daniel Peterson’s fireside Sunday on “The Temple as a Place of Ascent to God.” This, of course, is one of my favorite topics and I really wish I could have been there to hear Dr. Peterson speak. Bryce, however, has taken some incredible notes […]

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This is the Right Place

New Look If you are a returning visitor to this site, you may not recognize this as the Heavenly Ascents you are familiar with.  I have completely changed the look of the site, although none of the previous content has been lost.  I will miss the antique, maroon and tan theme the blog has had […]

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From Isaiah to Ezekiel to Heavenly Ascent

My Comments on Martha Himmelfarb’s Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses The next major work that I will be looking at here is Princeton professor of religion, Martha Himmelfarb’s book entitled Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses (New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993). This work is significantly influential in the […]

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