The Beginnings of Kabbalah

December 14, 2023    
8:30 pm

with Dr. Brian Gordon Hillman, Towson University

“The Beginnings of Kabbalah” examines the fundamental theological questions that gave rise to the tradition of Jewish texts and ideas known as Kabbalah. The program historically locates Kabbalah’s origins in Medieval Europe and considers how Kabbalah arose, in part, as a response to philosophical conceptions of the divine. The program will then explore some early Kabbalistic texts to understand how Kabbalists understood both the nature of divinity and the relationship between G-d and the world with a focus on humanity’s place therein. 

Brian Hillman is an assistant professor in the department of philosophy and religious studies at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. He earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2021. His research focuses on modern Jewish thought and Kabbalah. In addition to being the managing editor of the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Jewish Studies Quarterly, Religious Studies Review, and The Jewish Book Council. 

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