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Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion

Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion

by Joshua Trachtenberg, Moshe Idel
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ISBN-13: 9780812218626
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 01/16/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 1,165,750
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.12(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Moshe Idel

I. the Legend of Jewish Sorcery
II. The Truth Behind the Legend
III. The Powers of Evil
IV. Man and the Demons
V. The Spirits of the Dead
VI. The Powers of Good
VII. "In the Nature of . . ."
VIII. The Bible in Magic
IX. The Magical Procedure
X. Amulets
XI. The War with the Spirits
XII. Nature and Man
XIII. Medicine
XIV. Divination
XV. Dreams
XVI. Astrology

Appendix I. The Formation of Magical Names
Appendix II. Ms Sefer Gematriaot on Gems

Abbreviations and Hebrew Titles
Glossary of Hebrew Terms

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