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William B. Parsons

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751198

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751198.001.0001

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Teaching Jewish Mysticism

Teaching Jewish Mysticism

Concealing the Concealment and Disclosure of Secrets

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(p.103) { 6 } Teaching Jewish Mysticism
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Teaching Mysticism
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Elliot R. Wolfson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751198.003.0007

This chapter surveys several distinct paradigms of mystical knowledge among Native American visionaries. These paradigms will be contextualized in terms of various expressive, semiotic aspects of Native American cultures, such as in art, ritual, music, and communal activity. The basis of this comparison, its epistemological sources, will be organized around the visionary experience as a mystical encounter resulting in revelatory knowledge that supports a creative context for the emergence of new visionary teachings. The sharing of visionary narratives is linked to pedagogy in order to demonstrate a variety of approaches to teaching this kind of material. Oral traditions, including a discussion of verbal art and visual presentation, will be linked to pedagogical theory that is both multisensory and involves an evocative use of imagination as inseparable from a vivid understanding of native religions. It also addresses the problem of mysticism as a nonnative category.

Keywords:   Native American, mysticism, visionaries, oral traditions, prophetic

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