Linear Circularity / (A) Temporal Poetics

Elliot R. Wolfson

in Alef, Mem, Tau

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246195
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932319 | DOI:
Linear Circularity / (A) Temporal Poetics

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Time has played a significant role in the history of world religions. Numerous opinions, geographical localities, intellectual influences, and literary genres, in Judaism specifically, have been expressed about time. The widely proclaimed epistemological insight that human thinking is circular is perceived as a weakness by those who conceive the path of thinking as a journey commencing at a point of departure and terminating at a point of arrival. Time is linked to the ebb and flow of divine energy, the vital force that generates the polarities of motion and rest, light and dark, life and death. The time in which the Torah is given, the time of revelation, reveals something axiomatic about the revelation of time. Ergas mentions that time in its triune division, is not applicable to God. Ergas believes that that time is an accident of a substance that is subject to coming-to-be and passing away. God is impervious to change and hence temporal qualities cannot be attributed to him.

Keywords: Judaism; divine energy; human thinking; Jewish piety; kabbalistic approach to time

Chapter.  31487 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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