Between Worlds: Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism / Edition 1

Between Worlds: Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism / Edition 1

by J. H. Chajes, Jeffrey Howard Chajes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812237242

ISBN-13: 9780812237245

Pub. Date: 06/30/2003

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

"Between Worlds provides descriptions of the cases of possession as well as analysis of the magical techniques deployed by rabbinic exorcists to expel the ghostly intruders." Seeking to understand the phenomenon of spirit possession in its full complexity, Chajes delves into is ideational framework - chiefly the doctrine of reincarnation - while exploring its relation…  See more details below

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"Between Worlds provides descriptions of the cases of possession as well as analysis of the magical techniques deployed by rabbinic exorcists to expel the ghostly intruders." Seeking to understand the phenomenon of spirit possession in its full complexity, Chajes delves into is ideational framework - chiefly the doctrine of reincarnation - while exploring its relation to contemporary Christian and Islamic analogues. Regarding spirit possession as a form of religious expression open to - and even dominated by - women, Chajes initiates a major reassessment of women in the history of Jewish mysticism. In a concluding section he examines the reception history of the great Hebrew accounts of spirit possession, focusing on the deployment of these "ghost stories" in the battle against incipient skepticism in the turbulent Jewish community of seventeenth-century Amsterdam. Exploring a phenomenon that bridged learned and ignorant, rich and poor, men and women, Jews and Gentiles, Between Worlds maps for the first time a prominent feature of the early modern Jewish religious landscape, as quotidian as it was portentous: the nexus of the living and the dead.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812237245
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
06/30/2003
Series:
Jewish Culture and Contexts
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The Emergence of Dybbuk Possession11
2The Dead and the Possessed32
3The Task of the Exorcist57
4Dybbuk Possession and Women's Religiosity97
5Skeptics and Storytellers119
Arrival139
AppSpirit Possession Narratives from Early Modern Jewish Sources141
Notes181
Bibliography245
Index267
Acknowledgments277

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