By Andrei A. Orlov
Dark Mirrors is a wide-ranging learn of 2 vital figures in early Jewish demonology—the fallen angels Azazel and Satanael. Andrei A. Orlov explores the mediating function of those paradigmatic celestial rebels within the improvement of Jewish demonological traditions from moment Temple apocalypticism to later Jewish mysticism, equivalent to that of the Hekhalot and Shi'ur Qomah fabrics. all through, Orlov uses Jewish pseudepigraphical fabrics in Slavonic that aren't largely known.
Orlov lines the origins of Azazel and Satanael to diverse and competing mythologies of evil, one to the autumn within the backyard of Eden, the opposite to the rebellion of angels within the antediluvian interval. even supposing Azazel and Satanael are first and foremost representatives of rival etiologies of corruption, in later Jewish and Christian demonological lore each one is ready to input the other’s tales in new conceptual capacities. Dark Mirrors additionally examines the symmetrical styles of early Jewish demonology which are frequently manifested in those fallen angels’ imitation of the attributes of assorted heavenly beings, together with primary angels or even God himself.
“…an attractive exam of the 2 such a lot notorious characters of moment Temple Jewish demonology, the fallen angels devil and Azazel … Dark Mirrors can be of curiosity to scholars of the scriptures and particularly these drawn to non secular background, whether they have earlier adventure with the early Jewish and early Christian texts he makes use of. the numerous parallels with LDS understandings of the character of devil could be obvious and fascinating for many. Orlov is without doubt one of the top-rated students in this style of extrabiblical texts and masses should be gleaned from his adventurous and insightful approach.” — BYU stories Quarterly
“Orlov has succeeded in generating a well-written and heavily argued account that would function an outstanding source in early Jewish and Christian literature for years to come.” — H-Net experiences, H-Judaic
“Andrei Orlov [has] made a reputation for himself within the educational international through learning not often tested Jewish pseudo-epigraphic works that experience come all the way down to us in Slavonic … urged for educational collections.” — Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews
Andrei A. Orlov is affiliate Professor of Theology at Marquette collage. he's the writer of numerous books, together with Selected stories within the Slavonic Pseudepigrapha.
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