Dr. Yishai Kiel is a Blaustein postdoctoral associate and lecturer at the Program in Judaic Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Rabbinic Literature and Sassanian Studies from the Hebrew University and his rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He is the author of Sexuality in the Babylonian Talmud: Christian and Sasanian Contexts in Late Antiquity.
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Enoch’s Walk with God Ends Badly in Babylonia
In Genesis, Enoch is said to have walked with God and ultimately to have been “taken” by him. Second Temple mystical traditions identify him as the angel Metatron, who sits on his own celestial throne and is referred to as the “lesser YHWH.” This tradition can be better understood in light of a similar Zoroastrian tale regarding an ancient king named Yima.