Jewish Mysticism and Magic: An Anthropological Perspective

Jewish Mysticism and Magic: An Anthropological Perspective

by Maureen Bloom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415421128

ISBN-13: 9780415421126

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Providing a unique anthropological perspective on Jewish mysticism and magic, this book is a study of Jewish rites and rituals and how the analysis of early literature provides the roots for understanding religious practices. It includes analysis on the importance of sacrifice, amulets, and names, and their underlying cultural constructs and the persistence of

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Providing a unique anthropological perspective on Jewish mysticism and magic, this book is a study of Jewish rites and rituals and how the analysis of early literature provides the roots for understanding religious practices. It includes analysis on the importance of sacrifice, amulets, and names, and their underlying cultural constructs and the persistence of their symbolic significance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415421126
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
Routledge Jewish Studies Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     xi
Acknowledgements     xii
Author's note     xiv
Part I     1
Prologue     3
Historical background     7
Literary sources     18
Theoretical background     31
Sanctuary, Temple and Synagogue: Jewish sects; magic and magicians     38
Part II     59
El Shaddai - the mighty Hebrew God: his covenants with the righteous     61
The 'sacred' and the 'profane'     76
Sacrifice and prayer in Israelite religion     96
Part III     119
Ordering the body in a world of disorder     121
Approximating God, appropriating authority: Hekhalot and Merkava literature     147
Imprecations, healing and protection; the 'Book of Secrets', amulets, incantation bowls     165
Epilogue     189
Notes     194
Bibliography and general references     219
Index     226

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