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THRS 378 – JEWISH MYSTICAL IMAGINATION

THRS 378 – JEWISH MYSTICAL IMAGINATION


Unit(s): 4

Through the reading of biblical, classical and contemporary mystical and kabbalistic texts in translation, we will examine the great themes of the Jewish mystical imagination. Instead of studying the material historically, we shall approach it as a comprehensive, coherent, and evolving theological worldview.

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THRS 329 – CONTEMP. POLITICAL PROPHETS

THRS 329 – CONTEMP. POLITICAL PROPHETS


Unit(s): 4

This course explores the lives and thoughts of modern-day ‘prophets,’ individuals known for their social activism, political courage, and moral character. We will also examine the idea of a “political prophet,” the meaning of activism, and other relevant questions. “Prophets” will change intermittently.

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THRS 325 – MODERN JEWISH THOUGHT

THRS 325 – MODERN JEWISH THOUGHT


Unit(s): 4

An overview of dominant modern and postmodern Jewish narratives related to the Jewish experience in terms of culture, history, philosophy, and theology, with a special focus on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Themes addressed may include the Jewish Enlightenment, the rise of Jewish existentialism, Jewish-Christian theological discourse, post-Holocaust theology, Jewish feminist thought, Jewish queer thought, and the Jewish American experience. Offered intermittently.

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THRS 324 – JEWISH AND ISLAMIC MYSTICISM

THRS 324 – JEWISH AND ISLAMIC MYSTICISM


Unit(s): 4

How have Jews and Muslims understood and articulated mystical experiences, their most intimate encounters with ultimate realities, God, and/or God’s messengers (e.g., angels)? What are the distinctive features of Jewish Mysticism? What are the particular characteristics of Islamic Mysticism? What are their shared elements? What are their areas of ideological and experiential contact? What are examples of when these distinct traditions have conflicted or collaborated with one another? How is it accurate, meaningful or fruitful to speak of a creative symbiosis between Islam and Judaism? What are the advantages and limits to the comparative method when analyzing God? Can God be understood through a single lens only or is the comparative method incumbent upon all who study mysticism? What are the social, political and spiritual implications of the historical interactions, intersections and transformations we observe in the evolution of these so-called Abrahamic mystical traditions? This seminar will approach these questions through a broad exploration of primary texts in translation and scholarly commentaries.

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THRS 257 – SECOND SEMESTER HEBREW

THRS 257 – SECOND SEMESTER HEBREW


Unit(s): 4

Hebrew II continues Hebrew I and provides instruction in the reading, writing, and speaking of modern Hebrew, with additional attention to Biblical Hebrew. Basic grammar and vocabulary and simple texts and audio materials will be presented. Offered intermittently. Cross-listed With: HBREW 102

Prerequisite: THRS 256

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THRS 238 – ISR/PAL CONFLICT THRU FILM&LIT

THRS 238 – ISR/PAL CONFLICT THRU FILM&LIT


Unit(s): 4

The course examines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Palestinian and Israeli film and literature, seeking to understand everyday life and interpretations of the conflict through the representations and images presented by the writers and filmmakers.

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THRS 237 – SOC JUST & ISRAEL-PALESTINE

THRS 237 – SOC JUST & ISRAEL-PALESTINE


Unit(s): 4

In examining the Israel-Palestine conflict through the lenses of social justice and activism, this course de-exceptionalizes this ostensibly exceptional struggle, empowering students to understand ways to end conflicts that plague those living in Israel, Palestine, and beyond. We explore ideas such as communal narratives, human rights, power, and sovereignty.