In anticipation of Rabbi Biller’s visit with us in May to teach us about the field of Jewish mysticism known as Kabbalah, Dr. Park offered an overview to biblical wisdom literature (the foundation for Kabbalah) during the Sunday Forum on April 3. The class took a look at the Wisdom books: Proverbs, Job, Qohelet, Sirach, and the Wisdom of Solomon and their earlier foundation in the earlier wisdom literature of the Ancient Near East from Mesopotamia and Egypt. From the social context of Wisdom Literature, to its literary characteristics, main teachings, and value to the human condition, consider how this body of literature can provide insights into how to live with understanding in a world that we do not yet understand fully.
Looking at the history of Wisdom Literature as we find it in Holy Scripture and in the historical precedents for it, we will then move to studying the history of Anglican spirituality, which attempts to examine the same mysteries through another lens. All of this will help us prepare for Rabbi Biller’s visit in May when we will explore Jewish mysticism as it is experienced through Kabbalah.
Below is the presentation offered during the April 3 Forum.