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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

The convergence of psychology and mysticism

The convergence of psychology and mysticism


Oxford is less renowned as a bastion for the study of theology as much as it is for philosophy and other areas of the humanities and sciences. However it is a historic fact that the roots of the university are in theology, which is indeed one of the oldest faculties in the university.


One of the first courses of lectures given at Oxford was in theology, over 800 years ago. Alexander Neckham, of St Albans, is recorded as giving biblical and moral lectures as early as 1193, on The Psalms of David and the Wisdom of Solomon. One of the first major university buildings was the Divinity School, begun in 1423 to cater for theology lectures.


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