Jim Davila, my PhD supervisor, gave a paper at SBL for the new Esotericism and Mysticism in Antiquity section, entitled “Ritual Praxis in Ancient Jewish and Christian Mysticism.” The session, held jointly with the Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity section, was presided over by April DeConick, and featured presentations and responses by Davila, Istvan Czachesz, Frances Flannery, and Rebecca Lesses.

There was a lot to enjoy in this session and I did take some notes — but I’m going to share something better than my notes. Here are links to Professor Davila’s paper, as well as responses from BYU’s Professor Bill Hamblin and Ithaca College’s Rebecca Lesses.

Jim Davila: Ritual Praxis in Ancient Jewish and Christian Mysticism

Bill Hamblin: Thoughts on James Davila’s SBL Paper

Rebecca Lesses: My response to panel on Religious and Mystical Experience at SBL

Both Hamblin and Davila have posted other awesome stuff recently that I’ve been wanting to write about here, but haven’t managed to yet.  Check out their respective blogs to see what they’ve been up to!

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