Circle in the Square: Studies in the Use of Gender in Kabbalistic Symbolism

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This book deals with the issue of gender in Jewish mysticism showing the thematic correlation of eroticism and esotericism that is central to the kabbalah.
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Overview

This book deals with the issue of gender in Jewish mysticism showing the thematic correlation of eroticism and esotericism that is central to the kabbalah.
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“A tour de force in terms of historical range, analytic boldness, textual sources, and interpretive constructions. An important contribution in every sense to Jewish thought and interpretation.” — Michael Fishbane, University of Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791424063
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,267,052
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Elliot R. Wolfson is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. He is the author of The Book of the Pomegranate: Moses de León’s Sefer ha-Rimmon; Through A Speculum That Shines: Vision and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Mysticism; and Along the Path: Studies in Kabbalistic Myth, Symbolism, and Hermeneutics, also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. Female Imaging of the Torah: From Literary Metaphor to Religious Symbol

2. Circumcision, Vision of God, and Textual Interpretation: From Midrashic Trope to Mystical Symbol

3. Erasing the Erasure/Gender and the Writing of God's Body in Kabbalistic Symbolism

4. Crossing Gender Boundaries in Kabbalistic Ritual and Myth

Notes

Bibliography of Secondary Sources

Index

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