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By Elliot Wolfson

This long-awaited, magisterial study-an extraordinary mix of philosophy, poetry, and philology-draws on theories of sexuality, phenomenology, comparative faith, philological writings on Kabbalah, Russian formalism, Wittgenstein, Rosenzweig, William Blake, and the very physics of the time-space continuum to set up what is going to without doubt be a highwater mark in paintings on Kabbalah. not just a research of texts, Language, Eros, Being may be the fullest disagreement of the physique in Jewish reports, if now not in non secular experiences as a whole.

Elliot R. Wolfson explores the complicated gender symbolism that permeates Kabbalistic literature. targeting the nexus of asceticism and eroticism, he seeks to outline the position of symbolic and poetically charged language within the erotically configured visionary mind's eye of the medieval Kabbalists. He demonstrates that the normal Kabbalistic view of gender was once a monolithic and androcentric one, within which the female was once conceived as being derived from the masculine. He doesn't cut back from the destructive implications of this doctrine, yet seeks to make a good acknowledgment of it because the first step towards the redemption of
an old wisdom.

Comparisons with different mystical traditions-including these in Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam-are a outstanding characteristic in the course of the e-book. they'll make it vital well past Jewish stories, certainly, a needs to for historians of comparative faith, specifically of comparative mysticism.

Praise for Elliot R. Wolfson:
"Through a Speculum That Shines is a vital and provocative contribution
to the learn of Jewish mysticism via one of many significant students now operating during this field."-Speculum

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