By Alan F. Segal
During this research 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 class of heresy. It was once one of many easy different types during which the rabbis perceived the recent phenomenon of Christianity and one of many valuable matters over which Judaism and Christianity separated. Segal reconstructs the advance of the heresy via courting of the phases of the rabbinic traditions. the elemental heresy concerned analyzing scripture to claim central angelic or hypostatic manifestation in heaven was once reminiscent of 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 recent testomony and gnostic scholarship, and whilst keeps the need of interpreting these literatures for courting rabbinic fabric.