Professor Sam Shonkoff will lead a 7-week class delving into the Neo-Hasidic thought of Martin Buber. Topics will include:
Buber's Neo-Hasidism in Context
Embodied Theological Expression
Embodied Theological Cognition
Magic and Shamanism
Visions of Religious Practice
The Buber-Scholem Debate
Sam Shonkoff is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, where his teaching focuses mainly on modern Jewish thought and culture. He is the editor of Martin Buber: His Intellectual and Scholarly Legacy (Brill, 2018) and co-editor, with Ariel Mayse, of Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community, and Life in the Modern World (Brandeis University Press, 2020). He is currently completing a book on themes of embodiment in Buber's interpretations of Hasidic sources. Shonkoff holds a PhD in History of Judaism from the University of Chicago Divinity School, an MA in Religion and Jewish Studies from the University of Toronto, and a BA in Religious Studies from Brown University.