Demons in the Details: Demonic Discourse and Rabbinic Culture in Late Antique Babylonia

Demons in the Details: Demonic Discourse and Rabbinic Culture in Late Antique Babylonia

by Sara Ronis
Demons in the Details: Demonic Discourse and Rabbinic Culture in Late Antique Babylonia

Demons in the Details: Demonic Discourse and Rabbinic Culture in Late Antique Babylonia

by Sara Ronis

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Overview

The Babylonian Talmud is full of stories of demonic encounters, and it also includes many laws that attempt to regulate such encounters. In this book, Sara Ronis takes the reader on a journey across the rabbinic canon, exploring how late antique rabbis imagined, feared, and controlled demons. Ronis contextualizes the Talmud's thought within the rich cultural matrix of Sasanian Babylonia, placing rabbinic thinking in conversation with Sumerian, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Syriac Christian, Zoroastrian, and Second Temple Jewish texts about demons to delve into the interactive communal context in which the rabbis created boundaries between the human and the supernatural, and between themselves and other religious communities. Demons in the Details explores the wide range of ways that the rabbis participated in broader discussions about beliefs and practices with their neighbors, out of which they created a profoundly Jewish demonology.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520386174
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 08/09/2022
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sara Ronis is Associate Professor of Theology at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. Origin Stories
2. Classification Matters
3. How to Avoid Demonic Dangers
4. Legal Demons
5. Serving the Rabbinic Project
6. Exorcising Demons
Conclusion

Bibliography
Subject Index
Index of Jewish Sources

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