Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (March 31, 2011)
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Gideon Bohak offers a pioneering account of the huge historical past of historic Jewish magic, from the second one Temple to the rabbinic interval. it really is dependent either on old magicians' personal compositions and items in Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek, and at the descriptions and prescriptions of non-magicians, to reconstruct a old photograph that's as balanced and nuanced as attainable. the focus is at the cultural makeup of historical Jewish magic, and precise cognizance is paid to the techniques of cross-cultural contacts and borrowings among Jews and non-Jews, in addition to to inner-Jewish creativity. different significant concerns explored comprise where of magic inside of Jewish society, modern Jewish attitudes to magic, and the identification of its practitioners. all through, the booklet seeks to provide an explanation for the methodological underpinnings of all sound examine during this challenging box, and to focus on parts the place extra learn is probably going to end up fruitful.