Studies in Early Hasidism (3 cr.)
REL-R 541 Studies in the Jewish Tradition
This course will be an in-depth study of the Hasidic works of Nahman of Bratslav (d. 1810). We will read secondary literature on the emergence of Hasidism and its relationship to the Sabbatean heresy in both its historical and theological context. We will then focus on close readings of selected homilies of Nahman of Bratslav, including the hagiographical and devotional literature written about him by his disciples. Special attention will be placed on his hermeneutical method and the concept of charisma in regards to the status of the zaddik, or holy man, in Hasidism. All texts will be available in both Hebrew and in English translation.