THRS 378 – JEWISH MYSTICAL IMAGINATION
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.
THRS 329 – CONTEMP. POLITICAL PROPHETS
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.
THRS 325 – MODERN JEWISH THOUGHT
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.
THRS 324 – JEWISH AND ISLAMIC MYSTICISM
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.
THRS 318 – REL NONVIOLENCE/POLS INTERPRET
This course explores the relationship between politics and religion through an examination of the phenomenon of religious nonviolence as it manifests among Jews and Muslims living in Israel and Palestine.
THRS 257 – SECOND SEMESTER HEBREW
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
THRS 256 – FIRST SEMESTER HEBREW
Intensive study of grammar, composition, and conversation. Stress on the spoken language. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. Offered intermittently. Cross-listed With: HEBR 101
THRS 238 – ISR/PAL CONFLICT THRU FILM&LIT
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.
THRS 237 – SOC JUST & ISRAEL-PALESTINE
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.