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Wolfson, Elliot R.

Works: 56 works in 172 publications in 3 languages and 11,137 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Creator
Classifications: BM526, 296.16
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Most widely held works about Elliot R Wolfson
Most widely held works by Elliot R Wolfson
Circle in the square studies in the use of gender in Kabbalistic symbolism by Elliot R Wolfson( )
7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book deals with aspects of the gender imaging of God in a variety of medieval kabbalistic sources. It provides the key to understanding the phenomenological structures of mystical experience as well as the thematic correlation of esotericism and eroticism that is central to the kabbalah. The author examines the role of gender utilizing current feminist studies and cultural anthropology. He explores the themes of the feminization of the Torah, the correlation of circumcision and vision of God, the phallocentric understanding of divine creation as a process of inscription mythologized as an act of sexual self-gratification, and the phenomenon of gender-crossing in kabbalistic myth and ritual. Collectively, the studies explore in great depth the androcentric phallocentrism that is characteristic of medieval Jewish mysticism. -- Back cover
Along the path studies in Kabbalistic myth, symbolism, and Hermeneutics by Elliot R Wolfson( )
6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alef, mem, tau kabbalistic musings on time, truth, and death by Elliot R Wolfson( )
9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This highly original, provocative, and poetic work explores the nexus of time, truth, and death in the symbolic world of medieval kabbalah
Venturing beyond law and morality in Kabbalistic mysticism by Elliot R Wolfson( )
9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Are mysticism and morality compatible or at odds with one another? If mystical experience embraces a form of non-dual consciousness, then in such a state of mind, the regulative dichotomy so basic to ethical discretion would seemingly be transcended and the very foundation for ethical decisions undermined. Venturing Beyond - Law and Morality in Kabbalistic Mysticism is an investigation of the relationship of the mystical and moral as it is expressed in the particular tradition of Jewish mysticism known as the Kabbalah. The particular themes discussed include the denigration of the non-Jew as the ontic other in kabbalistic anthropology and the eschatological crossing of that boundary anticipated in the instituition of religious conversion; the overcoming of the distinction between good and evil in the mystical experience of the underlying unity of all things; divine suffering and the ideal of spiritual poverty as the foundation for transmoral ethics and hypernomian lawfulness
Language, eros, being kabbalistic hermeneutics and poetic imagination by Elliot R Wolfson( )
11 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Not only a study of texts, 'Language, Eros, Being' explores the complex gender symbolism that permeates Kabbalistic literature
Open secret postmessianic messianism and the mystical revision of Menahẹm Mendel Schneerson by Elliot R Wolfson( )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rending the veil concealment and secrecy in the history of religions by New York University Conference in Comparative Religions( )
5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Through a speculum that shines : vision and imagination in medieval Jewish mysticism by Elliot R Wolfson( Book )
11 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the visionary experience, as Wolfson describes it, imagination serves a primary function, transmuting sensory data and rational concepts into symbols of those things beyond sense and reason. In this view, the experience of a vision is inseparable from the process of interpretation. Fundamentally challenging the conventional distinction between experience and exegesis, revelation and interpretation, Wolfson argues that for the mystics themselves, the study of texts occasioned a visual experience of the divine located in the imagination of the mystical interpreter. Thus he shows how Jewish mystics preserved the invisible transcendence of God without doing away with the visual dimension of belief
Suffering religion ( Book )
8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Themes covered include: philosophy's own failure to treat suffering seriously, with special reference to the Jewish tradition; Martin Buber's celebrated interpretations of scriptural suffering; suffering in Kristevan psychoanalysis, focusing on the Christian theology of the cross; the pain of childbirth in a home setting as a religiously significant choice; God's primal suffering in the kabbalistic tradition; and incarnation as a gracious willingness to suffer."--BOOK JACKET
Studies in medieval Jewish intellectual and social history festschrift in honor of Robert Chazan ( )
6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thirteen leading scholars offer a fresh look at four key topics in medieval Jewish studies: the history of Jewish communities in Western Christendom, Jewish-Christian interactions in medieval Europe, medieval Jewish Biblical exegesis and religious literature, and historical representations of medieval Jewry
New directions in Jewish philosophy ( Book )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A dream interpreted within a dream : oneiropoiesis and the prism of imagination by Elliot R Wolfson( Book )
4 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The book of the pomegranate = Moses de Leon's Sefer ha-rimmon by Elliot R Wolfson( Book )
8 editions published in 1988 in Hebrew and English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Luminal darkness : imaginal gleanings from Zoharic literature by Elliot R Wolfson( Book )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Perspectives on Jewish thought and mysticism ( Book )
11 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presented are essays which touch upon the many areas of Altmanns' interests: from early rabbinic mystical texts to contemporary theological investigations
Giving beyond the gift : apophasis and overcoming theomania by Elliot R Wolfson( Book )
7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This study explores the codependency of monotheism and idolatry by examining the thought of several prominent twentieth-century Jewish philosophers - Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and Emmanuel Levinas. While all of these thinkers were keenly aware of the pitfalls of scriptural theism, in differing degrees, they each succumbed to the temptation to personify transcendence, even as they tried either to circumvent or to restrain it by apophatically purging kataphatic descriptions of the deity
Footdreams + treetales : ninety-two poems by Elliot R Wolfson( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Abraham Abulafia--kabbalist and prophet : hermeneutics, theosophy, and theurgy by Elliot R Wolfson( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pathwings : philosophic & poetic reflections on the hermeneutics of time and language by Elliot R Wolfson( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
These new essays and poems by a leading scholar of Jewish mysticism explore the connections between sexuality, divinity, and textuality. The author works with topics such as the gender of the Godhead, Apocalypse in the Kabbalah, the suffering of God, the hermeneutics of visionary experience, addressing them through the dual - and here, interdependent - mediums of scholarly writing and visionary poetry. The poems and essays reverberate with one another, creating a resonance that reinforces the depth and originality of Wolfson's thought, and shedding new light on the Jewish spiritual experience. --Barrytown / Station Hill Press
Abraham Aboulafia cabaliste et prophète : herméneutique, théosophie et théurgie by Elliot R Wolfson( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in French and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Wolfson, E. R.
Wolfson, Elliot Reuben
English (126)
Hebrew (4)
French (2)