Gideon Bohak's Ancient Jewish Magic: A History PDF

By Gideon Bohak

ISBN-10: 0521180988

ISBN-13: 9780521180986

ISBN-10: 0521874572

ISBN-13: 9780521874571

Gideon Bohak offers a pioneering account of the extensive historical past of historical Jewish magic, from the second one Temple to the rabbinic interval. it's established either on historic magicians' personal compositions and items in Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek, and at the descriptions and prescriptions of non-magicians, to reconstruct a ancient photo that's as balanced and nuanced as attainable. the focus is at the cultural makeup of historical Jewish magic, and distinct realization is paid to the tactics of cross-cultural contacts and borrowings among Jews and non-Jews, in addition to to inner-Jewish creativity. different significant matters explored comprise where of magic inside of Jewish society, modern Jewish attitudes to magic, and the id of its practitioners. all through, the e-book seeks to give an explanation for the methodological underpinnings of all sound study during this difficult box, and to spotlight parts the place extra examine is probably going to end up fruitful.

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50 This is, however, part of a much wider Greek discourse of rationality, one in which the Jews began taking part in a serious and lasting manner only after the second Jewish encounter with Greek philosophy – the one that took place in the Middle Ages and involved reading Greek philosophy through its Arabic translations and Muslim interpretations. From the Geonic period onwards, we find in Jewish writings too the claim that some of the magicians’ claims are just impossible, and that the magicians’ practices achieve none of their purported aims.

24–28. For this divination technique, and the different attempts to ascertain its exact nature, see Van Dam 1997, pp. 9–103, 215–32. 11–15. 34 Ancient Jewish magic uses of the power of the sacred. This, however, is an issue to which we shall return in subsequent chapters. Summary Incomplete and sketchy as they might be, our surveys of the biblical passages pertaining to magic should suffice to highlight the two main features of the biblical handling of this topic. First, that the legislation against magic and divination is far from precise when it comes to what exactly is forbidden and what is not.

For this divination technique, and the different attempts to ascertain its exact nature, see Van Dam 1997, pp. 9–103, 215–32. 11–15. 34 Ancient Jewish magic uses of the power of the sacred. This, however, is an issue to which we shall return in subsequent chapters. Summary Incomplete and sketchy as they might be, our surveys of the biblical passages pertaining to magic should suffice to highlight the two main features of the biblical handling of this topic. First, that the legislation against magic and divination is far from precise when it comes to what exactly is forbidden and what is not.

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