The Apocalypse of Abraham is a vital source for understanding both Jewish apocalypticism and mysticism. Written anonymously soon after the destruction of the Second Jerusalem Temple, the text envisions heaven as the true place of worship and depicts Abraham as an initiate of celestial priesthood. Andrei A. Orlov focuses on the central rite of the Abraham story - the scapegoat ritual that receives a striking eschatological reinterpretation in the text. He demonstrates that the development of the sacerdotal traditions in the Apocalypse of Abraham, along with a cluster of Jewish mystical motifs, represents an important transition from Jewish apocalypticism to the symbols of early Jewish mysticism. In this way, Orlov offers unique insight into the complex world of the Jewish sacerdotal debates in the early centuries of the Common Era. The book will be of interest to scholars of early Judaism and Christianity, Old Testament studies, and Jewish mysticism and magic.
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. THE GREAT "DAY OF ATONEMENT." LEVITICUS 16:3-33. The Oedee Of The Type And Its Antitypical Significations.--The Bullock. --The Peiest.--The Enteance Of The Holies With The Blood.--The InCense, The Sweet Odoe, And The Stench.--Enteeing The Most Holy.-- The Loed's Goat.--The Scapegoat.--T.he Blessing Of The People. THE Day of Atonement as a type should be considered -*. as separate from and yet a part (r)f and related to other Tabernacle types. Indeed, these types are each separate piftures, so to speak; each has its own subject and teaches its own lessons, and yet all are in agreement--parts of one gallery, and harmonious as the work of one great Artist. In all of them we are to look first for the Head and then for his body, the under priests, the Church. To understand the significance of the Day of Atonement and its work, we must realize that while our Lord Jesus personally is the Chief Priest to the under priesthood, the Gospel Church, "his body," yet in the more full and complete sense he is the Head and we are the members of the body of the world's High Priest. Just so Aaron was chief over his under priesthood, while really in its general and proper sense, and representing the under priests, he was ordained to minister as High Priest "for all the people" of Israel, --the typical representatives of all humanity, desirous of having atonement made for their sins and to return to divine favor and obedience. 4 T 49 As the consecrating of the antitypical priesthood includes all the members of the body, and requires all of the Gospel age to complete it, so also with the sin-offering, or the sacrifice of atonement: it commenced with the Head, and we, the members of his body, fill up the measure of the sufferings of Christ which...
These papers are personal letters addressed to a parish priest of the Church of Borne, Father A. M. S.-, whose acquaintance I made on a railway journey, and with this cultured gentleman it was a pleasure to converse. When we parted, he accepted from me a little volume dealing with a portion of Holy Scripture, concerning which he afterwards wrote me a very appreciative letter. Our correspondence was interrupted by illness on my part, which for a long time hindered my again writing him. Of the earlier letters I kept no copies; but the latter ones were written in duplicate, and are now published with the hope that they may prove helpful to the reader.
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