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Bibil Identifier bibil:202296
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Prolegomena to the Study of the Jewish Magical Tradition
Author Bohak, Gideon
Journal Currents in Biblical Research (Volume: 8, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 107-150 Pages
Genre Original
Notes an earlier, and shorter, version of this paper was published in hebrew in Jewish
Studies 44 (2007): 9-36.
Abstract Recent years have seen a steady rise in the scholarly interest in Jewish magic. The present paper seeks to take stock of what has already been done, to explain how further study of Jewish magical texts and artifacts might make major contributions to the study of Judaism as a whole, and to provide a blueprint for further progress in this field. Its main claim is that the number of unedited and even uncharted primary sources for the study of Jewish magic is staggering, and that these sources must serve as the starting point for any serious study of the Jewish magical tradition from antiquity to the twenty-first century. Such a study must both compare the Jewish magical texts and practices of each historical period with those of the contemporaneous non-Jewish world, and thus trace processes of cross-cultural contacts and influences, and compare the Jewish magical texts and practices of one period with those of another, so as to detect processes of inner-Jewish continuity and transmission. Finally, such a study must flesh out the place of magical practices and practitioners within the Jewish society of different periods, and within different Jewish communities.
DOI 10.1177/1476993X09339445
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Magic
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism
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