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The Divine Chariot


The Chariot seen by Ezekiel (ch. 1) has long been connected with the idea of theosis. In Judaism, a proto-cabalist "Merkabah mysticism" developed soon after the destruction of the Temple (if not earlier); Enoch "who walked with God" appears (in the guise of the divinised "Metatron") as a major figure in this Gnostic literature. St. Macarius the Great (Spir. Hom. 1) says that the Chariot is the soul ridden by the Lord. The Theotokos, both as the woman who physically carried one of the Trinity in her womb and as the created person who has most fully attained to theosis, is called a Chariot in many Orthodox hymns.

--- Norman Hugh Redington

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