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Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission. 50 complete description of the material and had published two fragments, of which Scholem wrote, These fragments leave no doubt that there is a connection between the oldest Hebrew Merkabah Texts preserved in Qumran and the subsequent development of the Merkabah mysticism as preserved in the Hekhalot texts. 42 Lawrence Schiffman's pertinent article of 1982 43 also depends on Struqnell's work (and on Strugnell's table-scraps) and reading that article provides some insight into the frustration that inhered in Qumran scholarship before the availability of the entire corpus of discovered documents.

26 Particularly intriquinq, and worthy of further investiqation, is Abrams' suqqestion that the early saqes considered the "Ministerinq Anqels" rather than some other anqelic qroup as their "corollary in heaven" precisely because the Ministerinq 26 z. 995) pp. J0-34). Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission. 28). Abrams' work is focussed on a paradigmatic correlation on the part of the sages of themselves with the ministering angels.

21 The theoloqical principles featured in Urbach's opinion. l58). l59). While there is no doubting the usefulness of Urbach's chapter as a basic guide to the roles of angels in rabbinic literature, its triple aim of being brief, representative, and comparative, is at times dizzying and naturally tends toward excluding or giving very short shrift to sources not deemed to reflect major rabbinic ideas. It also tends sometimes toward reducing complicatedly nuanced sources to simple illustrations of cardinal beliefs, skimming over subtler aims.

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