The Zohar (advanced level)

REL 371K: SPECIAL TOPICS: JUDAIC STUDIES: ADVANCED ZOHAR

 

Emory University
Max: 15; Writing Requirement: Yes
Blumenthal reldrb@emory.edu
W 7:30; professor’s home

Content:

This class is a continuation of the study of the Zohar begun in Rel. 342 (or elsewhere). We will review and then proceed to a close reading of texts. Our goal will be to acquire enough proficiency to be able to read and interpret a zoharic text without using the English commentary, i.e., to acquire zoharic reflexes. To do this, we will cover a lot of ground, including some units not covered previously, and then we will switch to the uncommented (English) text.

Texts:

  • Tishby
  • a Bible

Particulars:

We will use the study-partner method, i.e., each student will have a partner with whom he or she will prepare assigned readings for class. I will make available the Tishbi Hebrew translation for those who are capable of reading it, as well as the Aramaic original for anyone who would like to try.

SYLLABUS[1]
Jan. 12 review; assn. study partners; review: Sefirot, readings 3-6 (bring your books, vol. 1)

assn.: Sefirot, readings 17-19, 27, 31-34

Jan. 19 Sefirot, readings 17-19, 27, 31-34

assn.: Shekhinah, readings 3-5, 12-15, 25-26; Influence, reading 2Jan. 26 Shekhinah, readings 3-5, 12-15, 25-26; Influence, reading 2

assn.: Prayer, readings 10, 4, 6, and those in the text

Feb. 2 Prayer, readings 10, 4, 6, and those in the text

assn.: Ein Sof — introduction and readings

Feb. 9 Ein Sof — introduction and readings

assn.: Commandments — introduction and readings

Feb. 16 Commandments — introduction and readings

assn.: Creation — introduction and readings

Feb. 23 Creation — introduction and readings

assn.: Conjugal Love and/or Repentance — introduction and readings

Mar. 2 Conjugal Love and/or Repentance — introduction and readings

assn.: continuous uncommented text (to be announced)

Mar. 9,16 (no classes: spring vacation)

Mar. 23 continuous uncommented text

Mar. 30 continuous uncommented text

Apr. 6 continuous uncommented text

Apr. 13 continuous uncommented text

Apr. 20 continuous uncommented text

Apr. 27 Conclusion


[1] The assignments will evolve as we move along.

 

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