Rabbinic and Medieval Judaism: Jewish Mysticism

Vakbeschrijving Rabbinic and Medieval Judaism: Jewish Mysticism
Collegejaar: 2011-2012
Studiegidsnummer: 5554ORMJ
Docent(en):
  • Dr. M.F.J. Baasten
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 5
Niveau: 500
Periode: Semester 2, Blok III, IV
  • Wel Keuzevak
  • Geen Contractonderwijs
  • Wel Exchange
  • Wel Study Abroad
  • Geen Avondonderwijs
  • Geen A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Geen Honours Class

Admission requirements

Admission to MA programme Religious Studies, track Judaism. Otherwise at to the discretion of the teacher.

Description

During the academic year 2011-2012 the subject of the course on Rabbinic and Medieval Judaism will be “Jewish Mysticism”. After a general introduction about the nature of (Jewish) mysticism and its main themes and problems, an historical overview will be given of the different currents and major works of Jewish mysticism, from late antiquity up to the present, with a strong focus on the Rabbinic and Medieval periods. In addition, various representative textual fragments will be read and analyzed.

Course objectives

Knowledge of the major thematic content of Jewish mysticism and its historical trends, especially in the Rabbinic and Medieval periods.

Timetable

For the timetable, see timetables.

Mode of instruction

Combination of lecture and tutorial.

Assessment method

Assessment through a written paper (ca. 15 pp) on a subject pertaining to Jewish mysticism, to be established in consultation with the teacher.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used during the course.

Reading list

To be purchased:

  • J.H. Laenen, Jewish Mysticism. An Introduction (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001) or the Dutch original version:
  • Joodse mystiek. Een inleiding (Kampen: Kok, 2008).

Further literature will be announced .

Registration

Via uSis.
In addition to the registration in uSis, students are also expected to self-enroll in blackboard a few weeks before the course starts.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Dr. M.F.J. Baasten.
tel. 071 527 2257.

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