Pseudo Philo Biblical Antiquities 12:2


2 But while he was in the mount, the heart of the people was corrupted, and they came together to Aaron saying: Make us gods that we may serve them, as the other nations also have. For this Moses by whom the wonders were done before us, is taken from us. And Aaron said unto them: Have patience, for Moses will come and bring judgement near to us, and light up a law for us, and set forth from his mouth the great excellency of God, and appoint judgements unto our people.

Pirkei Avot 1:1


1 Moses received the Torah at Sinai and transmitted it to Joshua, Joshua to the elders, and the elders to the prophets, and the prophets to the Men of the Great Assembly. They said three things: Be patient in [the administration of] justice, raise many disciples and make a fence round the Torah. 2 Shimon the Righteous was one of the last of the men of the great assembly. He used to say: the world stands upon three things: the Torah, the Temple service, and the practice of acts of piety.

 Notes and References

"... A similar change of the visionary’s identity might be discernible in the Exagoge, where the already mentioned designation of Moses as ce&noj occurs. Besides the meanings of “friend” and “guest,” this Greek word also can be translated as “stranger.” If the authors of the Exagoge indeed had in mind this meaning of ce&noj, it might well be related to the fact that Moses’ face or his body underwent some sort of transformation which altered his previous physical appearance and made him appear as a stranger to Raguel. The tradition of Moses’ altered identity after his encounter with the Kavod is reflected not only in Exodus 34 but also in Pseudo-Philo’s Biblical Antiquities 12:1, when the Israelites failed to recognize Moses after his glorious metamorphosis on Mount Sinai ... In this account [2 Enoch 34] the Torah is initially given by Enoch-Metatron to Moses and then passed through the chain of transmission which eventually brings this revelation into the hands of the group designated as the Men of Faith ... Scholars has previously noted183 that this succession of the mystical tradition recalls the chain of transmissions of the oral law preserved in Pirke Avot, the Sayings of the Fathers, Mishnah Avot 1:1 ..."

Orlov, Andrei The Enoch-Metatron Tradition (pp. 267-268, 296-297) Mohr Siebeck, 2005

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