Miracle And Magic

Miracle And Magic

by Andy Reimer, Reimer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826462103

ISBN-13: 9780826462107

Pub. Date: 12/01/2002

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Miracle-workers and magicians are diffcult characters for contemporary readers of Greco-Roman narratives to comprehend and to distinguish. Hindered both by our modern definitions of "miracle" and "magic," we need to focus our attention on those ancient texts that deal with such characters and their differentiation. Two such texts, the Acts of the Apostles and

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Overview

Miracle-workers and magicians are diffcult characters for contemporary readers of Greco-Roman narratives to comprehend and to distinguish. Hindered both by our modern definitions of "miracle" and "magic," we need to focus our attention on those ancient texts that deal with such characters and their differentiation. Two such texts, the Acts of the Apostles and Philostratus' Life of Apollonius, come from quite different religious backgrounds, but demonstrate remarkably similar subtle cultural scripts at play. A detailed investigation of the social interactions in these two narrative worlds brings these characters and their communities alive and reveals how legitimate miracle-workers were distinguished from illegitimate magicians by the Mediterranean population of the Greco-Roman world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826462107
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
12/01/2002
Series:
Library of New Testament Studies Series
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Ch. 1Miracle, Magic and Methodology1
Prologue: Strange Characters in a Strange World1
Problematic Definitions: 'Miracle' and 'Magic'3
Moving Beyond Relative Definitions10
Methodological Considerations14
Ch. 2Gaining Power47
Identifying the Intermediaries48
Excursus: Clarifying the Intermediary Status of Apollonius51
Withdrawal from the Social Network62
Performing the Miraculous88
Avoiding Ambition115
Ch. 3Intersecting Power142
Intersecting Established Religious Communities and Cults143
Intermediaries within their Own Community175
Crossing Paths with Political Authorities187
Ch. 4Defending Power212
The Charges against Miracle-Workers212
The Intermediary's Defence225
Ch. 5Concluding Thoughts245
Miracle and Magic: The Criteria in Context in Acts and Life of Apollonius245
From 'Narrative World' to 'Historical World': Further Testing and Application250
Bibliography253
Index of References266
Index of Authors275

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