By Alan F. Segal
During this examine of the rabbinic heretics who believed in "Two powers in heaven", Alan Segal explores a few relationships among rabbinic Judaism, Merkabah mysticism, and early Christianity. "Two powers in heaven" was once a really early classification of heresy. It used to be one of many uncomplicated different types through which the rabbis perceived the recent phenomenon of Christianity and one of many primary matters over which Judaism and Christianity separated. Segal reconstructs the advance of the heresy via relationship of the levels of the rabbinic traditions. the elemental heresy concerned reading scripture to claim primary angelic or hypostatic manifestation in heaven was once comparable to God. The earliest heretics believed in complementary powers in heaven, whereas later heretics believed in opposing powers in heaven. Segal stresses the significance of perceiving the relevance of rabbinic fabric for fixing conventional difficulties of latest testomony and gnostic scholarship, and while continues the need of analyzing these literatures for relationship rabbinic fabric.