Eunuchs Who Keep Sabbath: Erotic Asceticism / Ascetic Eroticism

Elliot R. Wolfson

in Language, Eros, Being

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224180
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235377 | DOI:
Eunuchs Who Keep Sabbath:             Erotic Asceticism / Ascetic Eroticism

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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

Chapter.  21147 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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