Sergei S. Rublëv (ssr) wrote,
Sergei S. Rublëv
ssr

Jewish biblical commentaries emphasize that the imagery of the Merkaba is not meant to be taken literally; rather the chariot and its accompanying angels are analogies for the various ways that God reveals Himself in this world. Maimonides in his 13 principles of faith emphasies that God is not limited to any particular form, as this prophesy might seem to imply. Chassidic philosophy and Kaballah explain at length what each aspect of this vision represents in this world, and how they in no way imply that God is made up of these forms. The danger of understanding these passages as literal decriptions of God's image likely accounts for the opposition among Torah scholars towards learning this topic without the proper initiation. (отсюда)
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