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By Gideon Bohak

Gideon Bohak offers a pioneering account of the large heritage of historical Jewish magic, from the second one Temple to the rabbinic interval. it's established either on old magicians' personal compositions and items in Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek, and at the descriptions and prescriptions of non-magicians, to reconstruct a old photograph that's as balanced and nuanced as attainable. the focus is at the cultural makeup of old Jewish magic, and designated cognizance is paid to the methods of cross-cultural contacts and borrowings among Jews and non-Jews, in addition to to inner-Jewish creativity. different significant concerns explored comprise where of magic inside Jewish society, modern Jewish attitudes to magic, and the identification of its practitioners. all through, the e-book seeks to give an explanation for the methodological underpinnings of all sound study during this hard box, and to focus on components the place additional learn is probably going to end up fruitful.

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