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Wie auL Erden: Studien zum Verhael tnis von himmlischer und irdischer Welt im rabbinischen Judentum 28 which is another book-lenqth study related in topic and in subject-matter to the present investiqation of self-identification with anqels in classical rabbinic literature and its Jewish antecedents. From its opening, a profound difference from Schaefer's argument of a rabbinic move away from Second Temple ideas of heaven is apparent in Eqo's work. Ego frames and describes her project in this way: rn der hier vorlieqenden Arbei t werden die rabbinischen Vorstellungen ueber das Dependenzverhaeltnis von oberer und unterer Welt, wie sie im Kontext der Motive des himmlischen Tempels und Gottesdienstes und des himmlischen Jerusalem zum Ausdruck kommen, darqestellt und auf ihre theologischen rmplikationen untersucht.
Those included: "frequent use of participles, a startlinq paucity of verbs, and chains of nouns that frequently leave 46 Schiffman, •xerkavah Speculation,• p. 17. ation, • p. 17. 48 49 Schiffman, •xerkavah Speculation,• p. 18. Schiffman, •xerkavah Speculation,• p. 19. Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission. " 50 Schiffman commented that the stranqe impression created by the syntax of these (Qumran] texts can best be understood in liqht of later hekbalot literature.
233). The angels, according to this interpretation, have become a cosmic curiosity, as it were, an admittedly splendid ceremonial and decorative guard surroundinq God in heaven, but not commanding Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission. 30 fascination, much less aspiration, only servinq as straw-men for the arqument of rsrael's superiority. , or paradiqm-shift, away from the conceivinq of a Sympateia between heaven and earth is directly opposed by Beat• Bgo's recent monoqraph, Im Himmel.