Wisdom of The Kabbalah – REL 513

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course focuses on the central teachings of Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition that emerged in 12th-century Provence and profoundly influenced European spirituality. We will explore the themes of Ein Sof (God as “Infinity”), Ayin (the divine “no-thingness”), Shekhinah (the feminine “presence” of God), and Raising the Sparks (discovering God in everyday life). We will study the original teachings of Kabbalah, translated from Hebrew and Aramaic by the instructor in his book, The Essential Kabbalah.
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COURSE SESSIONS AND TOPICS

This course is divided into ten, one-hour sessions. The introductory session, The Nature of God is presented in both audio and video format to better acquaint the student with the instructor.

Session 1 | The Nature of God
Session 2 | Mystical No-thingness—Ayin
Session 3 | The Ten Sefirot
Session 4 | Creation
Session 5 | Meditation
Session 6 | Revelation & Torah
Session 7 | Finding God in Everyday Life
Session 8 | Sexuality & Heretical Faith
Session 9 | Ein Sof & The Sefirot (Review)
Session 10 | God and the Big Bang
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LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THIS COURSE

Outcome 1:  Students will be able to explain how the Jewish mystics transformed the traditional understanding of God from “father in heaven” to the energy that animates all being.

Outcome 2:  Students will be able to explain how the Jewish mystics balanced a masculine image of God with a feminine image of God.

Outcome 3:  Students will be able to explain how the mystics were able to articulate the potential meaning of Scripture. Scripture, for them was not a frozen document but something living and dynamic. In the reading of Scripture, one engages the text and evokes new meaning relevant to his/her life. Students will be able to describe how this approach can enrich our contemporary reading of Scripture.

Outcome 4:  Students will be able to describe how everyday, mundane activities serve as spiritual opportunities and delineate the danger involved in this type of spirituality.
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PROFESSOR

This course was created and recorded by:

Daniel Matt, Ph.D. – Brandeis Univ. Prof., Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. Author, “The Essential Kabbalah”, and “God and the Big Bang”.

This course will be administered and graded by:

Ron Feldman, Ph.D. – Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union. Dr. Feldman is fluent in Hebrew and has taught in the Jewish Studies Program at San Francisco State University and is the author of Fundamentals of Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah.

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PURCHASE AUDIO / VIDEO

The lecture series from this course is also available for independent study.
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