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Louis Ginzberg, in enumerating the mystic works "of Ga'onic 1 Etudes sur les origines et la nature du Zohar, Paris, 1901, ch. iv: 'La Mercabah au temps des Gaonim,' pp. 37 seqq. Karppe knows no more than Gratz of the Hebrew Book of Enoch. The Sefaer H anoic stands for the fragment inserted after letter Aleph in A. R. 'Aq. 2 In Diejudische Mystik und Kabbala in Winter und Wiinsche, jfudische Literatur, iii. , Trier, 1896. 3 Beth ha Midrasch, v, Vienna, 1873, complementing from the Lemberg edition of Sefcer Hekalo]> in his Kontras ha-mMaggid, ii.

And what did it say? Answer: I sold (corr. for 'made him strong', "Oft for ""OK) him, I took him, appointed him, namely Enoch, the son of Jared, whose name I is i Cf. Leo Baeck, Ursprung und Anfdnge der jiidiscken Mystikvn. Entwicklungsstufen der judischen Religion, pp. : "Zwischen dem Worte hochsten Preises, das Jochanan ben Sakkai gesprochen, und diesem Worte der Verurteilung in der Mischna liegt die Abkehr von dieser theosophischen Mystik. Sie war bewirkt durch die Erkenntnis der Gefahr welche von daher der Reinheit der Lehre, der Eigenart des Judentums, drohen konnte ".

The Arabic influence in these writings is to him obvious. He follows Gratz also in assigning the writings to the ninth century. He gives exactly the same list of mystical works as Gratz, while adding, quite ad rem: "Hechaloth Zutrathi und Sefer Chanoch lassen sich vorldufig nicht feststellen" . Bloch translates a few passages from Hekalop. and Alpk. R. a, among which are the Enoch-Metatron fragment at the end of letter tA qiba and the introductory Aleph in the printed edd. of Alph. R. chapters of Sefcer HeMlop (corresponding to^ chh.

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