By Elliot R. Wolfson

This ebook explores the basic concerns in Jewish mysticism and offers a taxonomy of the deep buildings of suggestion that emerge from the texts.

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131 To review the evidence that has been examined up to this point, in the earliest sources the motif of the icon of Jacob engraved on the throne may have been related to the hypostatization of the Logos. The appropriateness of the persona of Jacob to represent the Logos is due to a merging of two factors: first, this biblical patriarch, the ideal Israel, symbolically and typologically replaces Adam; and, second, the Logos is typically portrayed as the macroanthropos. It is thus entirely THE IMAGE OF JACOB 19 plausible that the adamic figure of Jacob should symbolize the Logos.

It emerges from the texts of Jacob ha-Kohen that the creature divided into four creatures is the glory that is below in the world of angels corresponding to the divine gradation that is the glory above in the sefirotic pleroma. "99 A parallel version to that of Jacob ha-Kohen is also found in an anonymous commentary on the tenth chapter of Ezekiel called Sod ha-Merkavah ha-Sheniyyah, that apparently was composed by a participant in the circle of Jacob and Isaac ha-Kohen lOo : "That which he mentioned in the four creatures that he saw in each appearance the form of an anthropos refers to the small countenance ( J appe zutre), and this is the icon of THE IMAGE OF JACOB 15 Jacob engraved in the four holy creatures, concerning whom it says, 'How will Jacob survive?

At the time of the destruction [of the Temple] He cast them to the earth, as it is written, "He cast down from heaven to earth the majesty of Israel" (Lam. 2:1) .... iraN36: He enthroned the letter shin [in fire] and placed upon it a crown, and drew upon it the heavens, for they are of fire ... Moreover, the si1in is on the compartments near the written verses (ha-ketivah)237 for the image of his icon is fixed upon the throne of glory, and the image of the cherub resembles him. This was the cherub upon which He rose and came to Egypt, as it is written, "He rode a cherub and flew" (2 Sam.

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