By Andrei A. Orlov
Dark Mirrors is a wide-ranging examine 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, resembling that of the Hekhalot and Shi'ur Qomah fabrics. all through, Orlov uses Jewish pseudepigraphical fabrics in Slavonic that aren't broadly known.
Orlov strains the origins of Azazel and Satanael to various and competing mythologies of evil, one to the autumn within the backyard of Eden, the opposite to the insurrection of angels within the antediluvian interval. even though Azazel and Satanael are at the start 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 varied heavenly beings, together with significant 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 might be of curiosity to scholars of the scriptures and particularly these attracted to spiritual heritage, whether they have previous adventure with the early Jewish and early Christian texts he makes use of. the various parallels with LDS understandings of the character of devil may be obvious and fascinating for many. Orlov is without doubt one of the most effective students in this style of extrabiblical texts and masses might be gleaned from his adventurous and insightful approach.” — BYU reviews Quarterly
“Orlov has succeeded in generating a well-written and heavily argued account that would function a great source in early Jewish and Christian literature for years to come.” — H-Net stories, H-Judaic
“Andrei Orlov [has] made a reputation for himself within the educational international by means of learning hardly tested Jewish pseudo-epigraphic works that experience come all the way down to us in Slavonic … urged for tutorial 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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