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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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Psalm 24: Temple Gates and Guardians

I have written a new post over at The Millennial Star looking at Psalm 24 and the possibility that it describes an ancient temple ritual in which pilgrims to the temple engaged in a question-and-answer dialogue with priests that acted as gatekeepers at the temple gates. If interested, please check out the post at: http://www.millennialstar.org/psalm-24-temple-gates-and-guardians/

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New Temple Video Series: Part 1 — Sacred Space

As part of my effort to create some helpful videos discussing topics of interest here on Heavenly Ascents, I’ve teamed up with David Tayman from Visions of the Kingdom to present a series of videos illustrating the nature, function, doctrines, and ritual of the ancient Temple, in a manner that will be especially of interest […]

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The Incomparable Power of God’s Salvation: Musings on Psalm 18

I wanted to share some comments on Psalm 18. I have been studying the psalms lately and have been especially impressed by their rich theological content.  I have been most specifically looking at the so-called “Royal Psalms”, which scholars have designated as such because of their association with Israelite kingship. Psalm 18 is one of […]

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SBL Notes 2009: Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity

Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting 2009 — New Orleans Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity — Sunday 9am Session Frances Flannery, James Madison University Ascents, Apocalypses, and Neuroscience: Moshe Idel and the Study of Religious Experience This unit/section is of an interdisciplinary nature. It was organized to provide a forum for scholars […]

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The Orphic Gold Tablets: A “Ritual for the Dead”

In my last post on the Orphic Gold Tablets (“Arriving in the Afterlife and the Importance of Memory for Salvation”), I discussed the tablets’ instructions for the soul as it arrives in the Netherworld, and how the soul there encounters a scene very reminiscent of Lehi’s vision of the Tree of Life and its surroundings. […]

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