Ascent to Heaven in Islamic and Jewish Mysticism

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The Matheson Trust, 2011 - Religion - 246 pages
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In this groundbreaking work of comparative religion, Algis Uzdavinys takes us deeply into the "closed and blessed gardens of myth," showing us the capital importance of the many varieties of "ascent to heaven." From the Pyramid Texts down to Second Temple Judaism and apocalyptic Christian literature; and, in parallel, down the theurgic path of Platonic and Hermetic literature to the sanctum of the Islamic revelation in Mecca, we are vividly presented with the sacramental impact of anagoge: elevation to the domain of the supernal archetypes and heavenly principles. As with other books by the author, the face of antiquity is revealed anew, full of intriguing, challenging and enraptured insights.
 

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Contents

The Path of Descent and the Path of Ascent
1
The Meccan Sanctuary
8
Each Prophet Has a Haram
13
Superiority of Muhammad
19
The Flight to the Heights of Heaven
26
Even Here is the Garden of Paradise
33
Neoplatonized Israel and reAbrahamized Gnosis
40
Hermeneutical Descent into the Womblike Chariot
46
The Ascending Prophet and his Demonized Opponents
102
The Journey Through the Divine Names
106
Hermetic Practices in the Context of Islamic and Jewish Mythologies
110
The Legions of Angelic Singers
117
The Glory Which Shines through the Heavenly Curtain
122
Access to the Glorious Face
130
Messianic Heroes in the Eschatological Jewish Kingdom
134
The Philosophy of Divine Speech and Writing
138

Divine Vision in the Garments of Light
53
The Sufi Motif of Ascension
61
Abu Yazid and the Hekhalot Theurgists
64
The Elevating Power of Divine Speech
69
Between Poverty and Abundance
75
Prostration before the Face of God
80
Two Powers in Heaven
85
The Assyrian Sacral King and Khalifah of God
89
Etana the Journey on the Eagles Wing
92
Touring the Boundless Skies
95
The Sufi Dhikr as Imitation of the Celestial Liturgy
98
Analogues of Yom Kippur in Christianity and Islam
141
Shining like the Stars for All Eternity
145
Heavenly Struggles for the Roman Throne and for the Jewish Temple
149
Esoterism and Secrets of the Temple
153
The Apocalyptic Wars
158
From the Second Temple Messiah to the Imamlike Khalifah of God
164
Third Temple Judaism from Jerusalem to Mecca
168
Bibliography
175
Back cover
189
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