Luminal Darkness

Pages: 320
Subject: Religion
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Luminal Darkness

Imaginal Gleanings from Zoharic Literature

Elliot R. Wolfson

Renowned as one of the world's most astute interpreters of Kabbalistic texts, Elliot Wolfson offers a precise and original presentation of Kabbalah.
Paperback
9781851684755 (25 Jan 2007)
RRP £50.00 / US$70.00

The Book

Renowned as one of the world's most astute interpreters of Kabbalistic texts, Elliot Wolfson offers an illuminating and original presentation of Kabbalah. Combining its wisdom with Western philosophical heritage from Plato to Heidegger and beyond, synergy guides his elucidation of the fundamentals of Jewish mysticism and shapes his taxonomy of Kabbalistic thought.





An insightful collection of seminal essays written between 1986 and 1998, Luminal Darkness reveals the unmistakably poetic nature of this important scholar's creative process, and delineates the evolution of his thinking on the role and importance of the Zohar in Kabbalistic tradition.

Additional Information

Subject Religion
Pages 320
Imprint Oneworld Academic

 

About the Author

Elliot R. Wolfson is the Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew Studies at New York University. He is currently the Editor of the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy and the author of several award-winning books on Jewish mysticism and the Kabbalah.

Reviews

"Wolfson offers an illuminating and original presentation of Kabbalah. Combining its wisdom with Western philosophical heritage from Plato to Heidegger and beyond, synergy guides his elucidation of the fundementals of Jewish mysticism and shapes his taxonomy of Kabbalistic thought."

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Table of Contents

Contents


Foreword ix


Introduction xiii


1. Left Contained in the Right: A Study in Zoharic


Hermeneutics 1


2. Light through Darkness: The Ideal of Human


Perfection in the Zohar 29


3. Beautiful Maiden without Eyes: Peshat. and Sod in


Zoharic Hermeneutics 56


4. Forms of Visionary Ascent as Ecstatic Experience


in the Zoharic Literature 111


5. Coronation of the Sabbath Bride: Kabbalistic


Myth and the Ritual of Androgynization 144


6. Re/membering the Covenant:Memory,


Forgetfulness, and the Construction of


History in the Zohar 185


7. Fore/giveness on the Way:Nesting in the Womb


of Response 228


8. Occultation of the Feminine and the Body of


Secrecy in Medieval Kabbalah 258


Index 295