Angelic Israel: Self-Identification with Angels in Rabbinic by Jonah Steinberg

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Tevi•h Ideneiey in Early RAbbinic flrieing• (Leiden: 1994) pp. 39-42. Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission. 2' I would like to argue, however, that more than 'man', Israel are considered to be akin to anqels. (p. 39) Stern concludes his brief seqment by sayinq, Israel wear the clothes of God. They can be recognized as the sons of God, for, it is implied, they resemble Him. The holiness of the Almiqhty, of the Sbabbat, and of Israel, are all one and the same.

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. 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.

168. 71 N~tzan, p. 7 In the second place, Wolfson goes 182. a N~tzan, pp. 182-183; Cf. 4Q400, 2, 6-7. 73 Wo1faon, •Myat~c~811l and the Poet~c-L~turg~ca1 compo•~t~ona from Qumran. • Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.

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