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Murmuring secrets: Eroticism and esotericism in medieval Kabbalah

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This chapter commences with a generalization of the validity of which must be illustrated from particular instantiations: eroticism and esotericism converge at the point of their divergence. The author marks more carefully the spot where the erotic and esoteric crisscross, so that we may better ascertain the manner in which the secrecy of eros can be discerned from the eros of secrecy, and the eros of secrecy from the secrecy of eros, a reciprocity that prompts a doubling of vision, a re/vision, a secreting of the secret, a concealing of the concealment, the mystery revealed in the veiling of its unveiling. The path he follows begins by attending the link between transmission of the mystery and the verbal gesticulation of the murmur, a course determined by the further assumption that, in the point of their meeting, one may fathom significant facet of the eroticism that informed kabbalistic doctrine and practice.

Keywords: Eroticism; Esotericism; Kabbalah; kabbalistic doctrine; kabbalistic practice; Medieval Kabbalah; Murmuring; Secrets: Eroticism



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