HDS 3033

Intimacy with God: Jewish Conceptions of Communion, Mystical Union and the Holy Spirit

Adam Afterman


The seminar will closely examine some of the most important elements of mystical experience and transformation in the Jewish mystical tradition. The seminar will focus mainly on medieval and early modern trends of Jewish mysticism including Kabbalah and the Zohar. The seminar will closely examine the ways Kabbalah and other trends of Jewish mysticism creatively developed new religious ideals including spiritual communion, mystical union and receiving\experiencing the holy spirit. Special emphasis will be given to the analysis of the impact of medieval Jewish, Christian and Muslim philosophy on the development of the new mystical ideals in medieval and early modern Judaism.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Wed 4pm-6pm
Andover Hall Room 118

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Jewish Studies
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Judaism
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None