New PDF release: Ancient Jewish Magic: A History

By Gideon Bohak

ISBN-10: 0521180988

ISBN-13: 9780521180986

ISBN-10: 0521874572

ISBN-13: 9780521874571

Gideon Bohak provides a pioneering account of the extensive background of historic Jewish magic, from the second one Temple to the rabbinic interval. it truly is dependent either on historical magicians' personal compositions and items in Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek, and at the descriptions and prescriptions of non-magicians, to reconstruct a historic photograph that's as balanced and nuanced as attainable. the focus is at the cultural makeup of old Jewish magic, and certain recognition is paid to the approaches of cross-cultural contacts and borrowings among Jews and non-Jews, in addition to to inner-Jewish creativity. different significant matters explored contain where of magic inside Jewish society, modern Jewish attitudes to magic, and the id of its practitioners. all through, the ebook seeks to provide an explanation for the methodological underpinnings of all sound study during this tough box, and to spotlight parts the place extra study is probably going to end up fruitful.

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