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By Gideon Bohak

ISBN-10: 0521180988

ISBN-13: 9780521180986

ISBN-10: 0521874572

ISBN-13: 9780521874571

Gideon Bohak supplies a pioneering account of the extensive historical past of historic Jewish magic, from the second one Temple to the rabbinic interval. it really is dependent 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 focus is at the cultural makeup of historic Jewish magic, and distinct consciousness 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 comprise where of magic inside of Jewish society, modern Jewish attitudes to magic, and the id of its practitioners. all through, the ebook seeks to give an explanation for the methodological underpinnings of all sound study during this tough box, and to spotlight parts the place additional examine is probably going to turn out fruitful.

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