Answer the following 4 questions. Each response should be approximately 2-3 doublespaced pages and remember to cite from the required reading on the syllabus, which includes works by Scholem, Idel, and Wolfson:
(1) Sift-canvass the role of portentous trial and mystical coalition in the subjective mysticism of Maimonides and the portentous kabbalah of Abraham Abulafia.
(2) Sift-canvass the kabbalistic training of Torah as the designate and belief of the lewd levels of signification in Torah in zoharic kabbalah, focusing on the passages translated in Mayse, From the Depth of the Well, 46-48 and 57-60.
(3) Sift-canvass the training of gender composition and the quantity of misfortune in zoharic kabbalah. How are the two themes interrelated and how does the precipitation of one explain the affection of the other?
(4) Please sift-canvass Scholem’s characterization of the outgrowth of messianic conjecture in sixteenth-century Lurianic kabbalah, its ramifications in the seventeenthcentury Sabbatian motion, and its inconclusiveness in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Hasidism. In detail, assess the privilege of Scholem that this messianism evolved as a retort to the expatriation of the Jews from Spain in 1492 and sift-canvass the correlativeness of the literal and the symbolic facets of the messianic motive as it evolved in the training of Luria and his disciples, and the repercussions in Sabbatianism and Hasidism.