Classical Jewish Mysticism

This course outlines the major trends of the Jewish mystical tradition, ranging from the biblical period until the teachings of Isaac Luria in the sixteenth century. The history and contemplative approach of the Hekhalot/Mekavah School, Abraham Abulafia, the Zohar School, and Isaac Luria are covered. Topics include theosophy and theurgy, ecstatic and contemplative prayer, mystical psychology, soul transmigration, and esoteric interpretation of scripture. The course provides a basic kabbalistic vocabulary and introduction to primary mystical sources that prepares the student for further study of contemplative Judaism. Throughout the course, attention is paid to the experiential dimension of the teachings. Co-requisite: REL529 or equivalent.
Course Number: REL543E
Units: 3.0