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By Gideon Bohak

ISBN-10: 0521180988

ISBN-13: 9780521180986

ISBN-10: 0521874572

ISBN-13: 9780521874571

Gideon Bohak offers a pioneering account of the extensive background of historic Jewish magic, from the second one Temple to the rabbinic interval. it really is 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 historic photograph that's as balanced and nuanced as attainable. the main target is at the cultural makeup of old Jewish magic, and specified 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 identification of its practitioners. all through, the ebook seeks to provide an explanation for the methodological underpinnings of all sound learn during this not easy box, and to spotlight components the place additional study is probably going to end up fruitful.

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