Re: merkavah and hekhalot (was: Angels in Mark 13:27)
- In a message dated 01/03/03 13:43:34 GMT Standard Time,
> They certainly should should talk about it, and many do. Since ChristopherReligion
> Rowland's _The Open Heaven_ in 1982 (I apologize if I'm dissing someone by
> taking that as a starting point), there's been a huge spate of books about
> angelomorphic christology that deal with the subject of heavenly ascents in
> some depth. Alan Segal's _Paul the Convert_ and John Ashton's _The
> of Paul the Apostle_ both devote a chapter to the subject as well. I thinkI wonder whether the Transfiguration should be treated as an example?
> an understanding of heavenly ascents is vital to interpreting what Paul is
> talking about.
> Best Wishes,
I've long felt convinced that there was an angel Christology around in the NT
period; not only do we have the (late) evidence of GEbionites, but the, to my
mind better, evidence of Hebrews 1-2, which I see as a polemic against such a
Christology. What I'm not sure of is the extent of its influence on the NT