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Bibil Identifier bibil:210003
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) In the Footsteps of the Tradition About Solomon the Magician in the Literature of the Sages
Title (Modern Hebrew, Long) בעקבות המסורת על שלמה המגיקן בספרות חז"ל
Author Sasson, Gilad
Journal Jewish Studies, an Internet Journal (Volume: 6)
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Copyright) 2007
Year (Reference) 2007
Language Modern Hebrew
Pages 37-53 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract A prevalent tradition about Solomon’s ability to control demons existed among Jews and non-Jews since the Second Temple period. This tradition had two components: Solomon’s being assisted by demons in building the Temple; and Solomon’s healing the sick by driving out demons. While the former is mentioned in sources written by the Sages, the latter appears only implicitly in the Baraitha about the concealing of The Book of Remedies and in the chapter in Tractate Gittin, “he who is obsessed by Kordiakos.” The Sages were familiar with this tradition, yet intentionally chose to disregard it. This disregard may be explained by the Sages’ desire to obscure any link between Solomon and Jesus, to whom the ability to drive out demons was also attributed.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Solomon
Links Online document (PDF, Modern Hebrew)
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