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From Martyr to Mystic: Rabbinic Martyrology and the Making of Merkavah Mysticism (Ra'anan S Boustan) Hardcover Book, (Mohr Siebeck, 2005) 9783161487538
From Martyr to Mystic: Rabbinic Martyrology and the Making of Merkavah Mysticism (Ra'anan S Boustan) Hardcover Book, (Mohr Siebeck, 2005) 9783161487538
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Title: From Martyr to Mystic: Rabbinic Martyrology and the Making of Merkavah Mysticism

Author: Boustan, Ra'anan S

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck; Publication Date: 2005

Hardcover; ISBN: 9783161487538

Volumes: 1; Pages: xxi, 376

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Ra'anan S. Boustan traces the historical emergence of the specific form of "mystical" discourse found in Heikhalot Rabbati. He argues that the creators of Heikhalot Rabbati sought to fashion a myth of origins for their distinctive brand of heavenly ascent practice by radically reworking the post-talmudic martyrology The Story of the Ten Martyrs.ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgementsAbbreviations, Signs, Transcription, and TransliterationIntroduction: The Emergence of a Jewish "Mystical" Literature Reading Early Jewish Mystical Literature Heikhalot Rabbati, Rabbinic Martyrology, and the Production of Heikhalot Literature Martyrs, Mystics, and the Legacy of Late Antique Jewish Literature1. Heikhalot Literature and Rabbinic Martyrology The Problem of Heterogeneity in the Study of Heikhalot Literature Early Jewish Mysticism from the Perspective of Material Culture The Limits of Reception-History Heikhalot Rabbati and The Story of the Ten Martyrs: Toward a Literary History Heikhalot Rabbati: Origins, Transmissions, and Reception Evidence for Heikhalot Rabbati from the Cairo Genizah Conclusion2. From Individual Guilt to Collective Sin: The Formation of the Post-Talmudic Martyrological Anthology Rudimentary Martyrological Compilations in Classical Rabbinic Literature Martyrdom and Sin: The Individualistic Theodicy of Rabbinic Martyrology The Shifting Identities of Two Rabbinic Martyrs The Rivalry between the Patriarch and the High Priest in Rabbinic Martyrology The Sale of Joseph, Collective Sin, and Vicarious Atonement in Midrash Shir ha-Shirim The Amalgamation of Rabbinic Martyrology and Yom Kippur Traditions The Frame Narrative of The Story of the Ten Martyrs Conclusion3. The Hagiographic Vita of a Priestly Rabbinic Martyr: The Figure of Rabbi Ishmael in The Story of the Ten Martyrs Rabbi Ishmael in Classical Rabbinic Literature The Miraculous Conception of Rabbi Ishmael Rabbi Ishmael's Heavenly Ascent Rabbi Ishmael's Execution Rituals of Redemption: Rabbi Ishmael's "Death Mask" The Martyrdom of Rabbi Ishmael and Jewish-Christian Competition Metatron and Melchizedek as Priestly Prototypes A Hebrew Hymn for a High-Priestly Messiah Conclusion4. The Heavenly Cult of the Martyrs: Apocalyptic Forms in Rabbinic Martyrology Jewish Martyr Cults in Late Antiquity: From Literature to Practice Atonement without Temple Cult: The Vicarious Suffering of the Righteous The Heavenly Altar and the Sacrificial Cult of the Martyrs The Blood of the Martyrs: A Motif in Its Shifting Literacy Contexts The Blood of Eschatological Vengeance in Late Palestinian Midrash The Demonization of Empire: The Fall of Sama'el and the Scapegoat Ritual Conclusion5. Apocalypse Now: Genre Inversion and Identity Reversal in Heikhalot Rabbati #107 The Story of the Four Martyrs in Heikhalot Rabbati: Vestige or Adaptation? The Yeridah of Rabbi Ishmael in Heikhalot Rabbati #108 The Future Punishment of Sama'el and Rome in Heikhalot Rabbati #108-110 A Day of Pure Celebration in Heikhalot Rabbati #111 The Castigation of Emperor Lupinus in Heikhalot Rabbati #112-119 The Martyrdom of Emperor Lupinus in Heikhalot Rabbati #120-121 The Miraculous Power of the Yored la-merkavah Conclusion6. The Making of the Merkavah Mystic: The Function of Post-Talmudic Martyrology in Heikhalot Rabbati Reading across the Seams: Narrative Framing Strategies in the Havurah-account Martyrological Material and Narrative Framing in Heikhalot Rabbati #198-203 Martyrological Material and Narrative Framing in Heikhalot Rabbati #237-240 The Competing Representations of Rabbi Ishmael in Heikhalot Literature Foundation Narratives and Inter-Communal Polemics in the Geonic Period ConclusionConclusion: Toward the Middle AgesAppendix A: The Thematic Evolution of Post-talmudic Martyrology: A Schematic Diagram Appendix B: The Heavenly Trial Scene in The Story of the Ten MartyrsBibliography Source Index Modern Author Index Subject Index
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