Kabbalah and the Bible I

Dr. Yeshaya Gruber, Professor of Jewish History and Culture

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What is Kabbalah? How does Jewish mysticism explain light and darkness, the brokenness of the world, the Messiah, and the Creator himself? Do these understandings coincide with or contradict Biblical truths? Were Jesus (Yeshua of Nazareth) and Paul (Saul of Tarsus) Jewish mystics? Why is the Word of God like “burning fire” that cannot be contained, as the prophet Jeremiah wrote? How did Jewish and Christian mystical thinkers, artists, philosophers, and scientists — from Rabbi Nachmanides to Sir Isaac Newton and from Isaac Luria “the Lion” to Mirandola the Renaissance man — approach this secret knowledge? Join Dr. Gruber on an exciting journey in considering these big questions by looking at original source texts of Jewish mystical tradition and the opinions of notable scholars.

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Dr. Yeshaya Gruber

Professor of Jewish History and Culture

Dr. Yeshaya Gruber is Professor of Jewish History and Culture at the Israel Bible Center and hosts the Roundtable Talks with leading scholars and authors in Biblical, Second Temple Period, and Jewish-Christian Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University and has held research and teaching positions in Jerusalem, Athens, Sydney, and elsewhere. His extensive travels, coupled with his research and teaching experience, help to enrich his students’ understanding of Jewish-Christian relations, history, and potential future paths. 

Dr. Gruber loves to study the interactions of Jewish and Christian texts, traditions, and communities from antiquity to the present. He is especially interested in how language differences and translations influence Biblical interpretation. He is also the co-founder of Kol Hakatuv, an Israeli startup offering high-quality translation and editing services. Dr. Gruber lives in Israel with his family.

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  • 01. The Finite and the Infinite 20:38
  • 02. What is the Mystical Kabbalah? 11:28
  • 03. Demystifying Mysticism 15:06
  • 04. Looking through the Lens of Mysticism 13:28
  • 05. What is the Point of Kabbalah? 12:31
  • 06. Ancient Sources of Kabbalah 11:22
  • 07. Medieval Sources of Kabbalah 12:05
  • 08. Creation in Kabbalah 16:47
  • 09. Ein Sof and the Beginning 12:29
  • 10. Knowing YHWH 21:56
  • 11. Light and Sephirot 09:57
  • 12. Emanations 10:03
  • 13. Tsimtsum and Light 15:33
  • 14. Adam Kadmon and Light 1 12:37
  • 15. Adam Kadmon and Light 2 09:41
  • 16. Logos and Infinite Light 14:03
  • 17. Light and Darkness 13:12
  • 18. The Other Side 06:47
  • 19. Unbounded Ein Sof 08:44
  • 20. A Broken World 11:42
  • 21. Tikkun Olam 15:04
  • 22. Messianic Ideas 12:09
  • 23. Pauline Mysticism 1 11:49
  • 24. Pauline Mysticism 2 09:11
  • 25. The Messiah in the Tanakh 10:52
  • 26. Two Kinds of Messiah? 11:53
  • 27. Metatron 15:12
  • 28. Mainstream Kabbalah 14:57
  • 29. Messianic Times 17:21
  • 30. Messianic Kabbalah 12:32
  • 31. Mysticism in Modern Romanticism 14:40
  • 32. Hidden and Revealed Messiahs 12:51

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