Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion

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Jewish Magic and Superstition is a exploration of religious forms that have all but disappeared yet persist in the imagination. The volume begins with legends of Jewish sorcery and proceeds to discuss beliefs about the evil eye, spirits of the dead, powers of good, the famous legend of the golem, procedures for casting spells, the use of gems and amulets, how to battle spirits, the ritual of circumcision, herbal folk remedies, fortune telling, astrology, and the interpretation ...
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Overview

Jewish Magic and Superstition is a exploration of religious forms that have all but disappeared yet persist in the imagination. The volume begins with legends of Jewish sorcery and proceeds to discuss beliefs about the evil eye, spirits of the dead, powers of good, the famous legend of the golem, procedures for casting spells, the use of gems and amulets, how to battle spirits, the ritual of circumcision, herbal folk remedies, fortune telling, astrology, and the interpretation of dreams.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614274070
  • Publisher: Martino Fine Books
  • Publication date: 2/13/2013
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 816,432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Joshua Trachtenberg (1904-59) served in the American rabbinate for nearly three decades. He is the author of The Devil and the Jews. Moshe Idel is Professor of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His numerous publications include Kabbalah: New Perspectives, Messianic Mystics, and Hasidism: Between Ecstasy and Magic. He received the Israel Prize for excellence in the field of Jewish philosophy in 1999.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Ch. I The Legend Of Jewish Sorcery 1
Ch. II The Truth Behind The Legend 11
Ch. III The Powers Of Evil 25
Ch. IV Man And The Demons 44
Ch. V The Spirits Of The Dead 61
Ch. VI The Powers Of Good 69
Ch. VII "In The Name Of ..." 78
Ch. VIII The Bible In Magic 104
Ch. IX The Magical Procedure 114
Ch. X Amulets 132
Ch. XI The War With The Spirits 153
Ch. XII Nature And Man 181
Ch. XIII Medicine 193
Ch. XIV Divination 208
Ch. XV Dreams 230
Ch. XVI Astrology 249
App. I The Formation Of Magical Names 260
App. II Ms. Sefer Gematriaot On Gems 265
Abbreviations And Hebrew Titles 269
Notes 271
Bibliography A A Note About The Sources 315
Bibliography B Hebrew Sources, Printed 318
Bibliography C Hebrew Sources In Manuscript 322
Bibliography D Modern Literature 322
Glossary Of Hebrew Terms 333
Index 335
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