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Language, Eros, BeingKabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination$
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Elliot R. Wolfson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224180

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823224180.001.0001

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Eunuchs Who Keep Sabbath: Erotic Asceticism / Ascetic Eroticism

Eunuchs Who Keep Sabbath: Erotic Asceticism / Ascetic Eroticism

(p.296) Chapter Seven Eunuchs Who Keep Sabbath: Erotic Asceticism / Ascetic Eroticism
Language, Eros, Being

Elliot R. Wolfson

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores erotic asceticism/ascetic eroticism. It brings together two mutually exclusive themes: asceticism (which implies rigorous discipline of body and mind and an adoption of an austere lifestyle), and eroticism (which implies the sense of ecstatic rapture that follows from indulgence in bodily matters). It discusses their link by bringing out information well established in scholarly literature.

Keywords:   asceticism, eroticism, Kabbalah, eunuchs, phenomenology, religion, philosophy

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