Two Powers in Heaven
Early Rabbinic Reports about Christianity and Gnosticism
Library of Early Christology
Imprint: Baylor University Press
339 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in
- Published: August 2012
In his now classic Two Powers in Heaven, Alan Segal examines rabbinic evidence about early manifestations of the "two powers" heresy within Judaism. Segal sheds light upon the development of and relationships among early Christianity, Gnosticism, and Merkabah mysticism and demonstrates that belief in the "two powers in heaven" was widespread by the first century, and may have been a catalyst for the Jewish rejection of early Christianity. An important addition to New Testament and Gnostic scholarship by this much revered scholar, Segal's Two Powers in Heaven is made available once again for a new generation.
For any scholar seriously interested in the questions about the emergence of early Jesus-devotion, and particularly the ancient Jewish context, Segal’s book remains highly important.~Larry Hurtado, Retired scholar of the New Testament and Christian Origins