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Two Gods in HeavenJewish Concepts of God in Antiquity$
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Peter Schäfer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691181325

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691181325.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

One God?

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(p.1) Introduction
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Two Gods in Heaven
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Peter Schäfer

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691181325.003.0001

This chapter begins with the wisdom literature of postexilic Judaism of the Second Temple, which belonged to both the canonical and noncanonical literature. It does not simply discuss Judaism as a matter of angelology, which is placed as a “buffer” between the ostensible “distance of a God becoming increasingly transcendent” and his earthly people, Israel. It is more about the return of at least two gods in the Jewish heaven. The second part of the chapter is devoted to the dialectic process of exchange and delimitation. It also covers Rabbinic Judaism and Early Jewish Mysticism, which analyzes different strands of classical rabbinic literature in a narrower sense and early Jewish mysticism in a combined context.

Keywords:   postexilic Judaism, Second Temple, angelology, Jewish heaven, Rabbinic Judaism, early Jewish mysticism

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