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Exploring Jewish Spirituality (JEWISHST 53)

RELIGST
53

It was once accepted as fact that Judaism is a purely rational religion devoid of any authentic mystical tradition. But the past century of scholarship has reversed this claim, demonstrating that the spiritual life has been integral to Judaism's vital heart since ancient times. This yearning for a direct immediate experience of God's Presence, a longing to grasp the mysteries of the human soul and know the inner dynamics of the Divine realm, has taken on many different forms across the centuries. This course will introduce students to the major texts and core ideas of Jewish mysticism and spirituality, tracking their development from the Hebrew Bible to the present day. Close attention will be paid to the sources┬┐ historical context, and we will also engage with broader methodological questions regarding the academic study of religion and the comparative approach to mysticism.

Grading: 
Letter (ABCD/NP)
Requirements: 
WAY-A-II
Course ID: 
219 273

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