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On The Performing Body In Theosophical-Theurgical Kabbalah: Some Preliminary Remarks

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The human body is conceived of not only as a reflection of the divine sphere, but in some cases in the theosophical-theurgical Kabbalah, the extension of the divine body, or as the locus where divine elements dwell. Likewise, even the soul has been described sometimes in concrete terms as possessing some form, like a sphere, or even a human body. Thus while adopting many of the philosophical theories about the deity or soul known in the Middle Ages, many of the Kabbalists did not renounce the traditional depiction of these two topics in bodily imagery. This chapter inspects the way in which the husbands attitude to the body of the wife reflects the importance of the body in general, and is related to some form of spiritual experience. The isomorphism between a human and a supernal body serves as a condition for an experience of the spiritual by the corporeal.

Keywords: divine sphere; human body; husband; isomorphism; Kabbalah; spiritual experience; supernal body; theosophical-theurgical; wife

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