Topic: The Jewish Mystical Tradition
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Candler Library 212
Jewish mysticism is one of the core dimensions of Judaism. This course will study four main streams of mysticism within rabbinic Judaism through a close reading of texts in translation. The final unit will be devoted to contemporary forms of Jewish mysticism. In addition we will try to define Jewish mysticism and its relation to other forms of Jewish spirituality.
We will read the central texts closely and consider the nature of mysticism and spirituality.
Everyone is expected to have a hevruta (study partner) and to meet regularly.
Class participation is expected.
We will have several Open Classes for general discussion.
One final exam / paper.
Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources
- Understanding Jewish Mysticism.
- God at the Center.
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