This class provides an overview of mystical traditions within various Jewish worlds from Second Temple Period unto the present. Emphasis will be on chronology, primary sources, and the communal practices associated with mysticism and asceticism from key periods, with occasional comparison to Christian sources. Though this rigorous course of study, disciples of Yeshua should also expect to obtain a sharpened grasp of their identity in Him as well as an increased awareness of the precious value of the Apostolic Writings.
This reading-intensive course is conducted in seminar format, and will require the purchase of several books. Students are required to read, write responses to, and discuss in mandatory live discussions a considerable amount of material. Students who have already taken Introduction to Rabbinic Literature or its equivalent will be best equipped. Competence in Hebrew is beneficial but not required.
- Teacher: Rob Vanhoff