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The object, therefore, was to find special secrets in these verses. Eliezer maasseh the Ma’aseh Merkabah, the latter answered, “I am not yet old enough. The belief in the appearance of God is indicated also in the popular idea that all who inquire into the mysteries of the Ma’aseh Merkabah without being duly authorized will die a sudden death. In spite of some differences — most no- tably the transformed meaning of the verb from general inquiry into beredhit study — the traces of the early literary pattern are still patent.

Jewish Theological Seminary, The tradition, quoted above, of the four who studied the secret doctrine mentions, besides Akiba, Simeon b. This name signifies that the world is his place.

The Ma’aseh Merkabah seems to have had practical applications. However, as scholars have pointed out, the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo was established only towards the third century CE as a response to the in- creasing impact of Greco-Roman physical thought on biblical exegesis. This is comparable to the parallel question [I] in version [b]: University of California Press,80— The end of all life will come through me. Who can find out the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the deep, and wisdom?

Jose ha-Kohen and R. It could therefore be under- stood as a comment inserted by the narrator.

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In particular, the latter part of this paragraph clearly depends on Ben Sira Alternatively, the Mishnah here is using the same idiom as Jesus when he refers to the fate of his betrayer Matt For fuller detail see Sifre to Deuteronomy piska Herbert W.


Jose the Galilean and Pappus discussed the subject with R.

Finally, both sources are concerned with setting the boundaries between proper wisdom, or fields of study, and undesirable mysteries. At this point the comparison to the range of issues mentioned in the Mishnah is illuminating.

Supreme inversion of substance purpose, lashed and tormented to His image and likeness. Although not all the words can be reconstructed, they seem to require that the woman be chosen according to her horoscope in order to fit the raz nihyeh. This mystery was closely associated with the knowledge of the foundation of creation which revealed the destiny of maseh creatures.

Here, at this additional stage of study in the third linethe same two verbs familiar to us both from the Mishnah and from Ben Sira appear to- gether: Joshua, vice-president of the Sanhedrin under R. This semi-Stoic concep- tion84 of God in the cosmos, which seems to dominate rabbinic notions of 83 The following midrash lays out the dire maasej of such a setting, in which people share with God the same dwelling place: According to Bet Hillel, it is compared to a king who builds a palace; after he builds the ground floor he goes on to build the attic Gen.

According to this notion, in the process of creation the spirit of God did not move outward towards the Heavens, but rather confined itself from within.

In contrast, others see these verses as a response to Jewish groups that propound esoteric teaching. If the columns were taller it would be beautiful; if the walls were higher it would be beautiful; if the ceiling were loftier it would be beautiful. Urbach, Sages, follows Marmorstein.


MA’ASEH BERESHIT; MA’ASEH MERKABAH (literally, “work of Creation” and “work of the Chariot”):

The Hebrew version found in the Geniza reads as follows: After all, in contrast to merkabah study,25 one would hesitate to claim that the halakhic field of arayot is also restricted in [A] for the reasons spelled out in [B—C]. Whereas the midrash mentioned in the previous section compares tohu va-bohu to sewers, dunghills, and garbage, finding fault in the specif- ic object of examination, both Ben Sira and Rab Huna condemn the arro- gant enterprise of revealing hidden mysteries.

However, this is a weak element in the parallel traditions and is completely omitted in the Palestinian Talmud and in Genesis Rabbah. Through this mystery the inheritance of each and every person is revealed. Judah, a tanna of the second half of the second century Tosef.

Brill,13— Featuring the BC Weekly best new albums and artists from These readings are indeed possible; however, it should be noticed that they are merely conjectured from the juxtaposition claim on the surprisingly similar list of prohibited biblical passages mentioned by Origen: Here too we can identify a development from a general prohibi- tion of hidden knowledge to specific problematic fields of inquiry.

God, Beginning, Heaven and Earth, he set forth their Tetrad. These mysteries of creation are not those of protology or, in the mawseh of Irenaeus, what God was doing before he made the world, but rather the underlying structure of creation that embodies history, fate, and human action.

How could Scripture have said that God made!? The sin divine most grave! Both depend literarily on Beresbit Sira as they ,aaseh his statements into their teachings.