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Magic in the Biblical World : From the Rod of Aaron to the Ring of Solomon - Klutz Todd

Magic in the Biblical World

From the Rod of Aaron to the Ring of Solomon


Published: 1st March 2004
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The category "magic," long used to signify an allegedly substantive type of activity distinguishable from "religion," has nearly been dismantled by recent theoretical developments in religious studies. While recognizing and at time reinforcing those developments, the essays in this collection show that there is still much to be learned about the cultural context of early Judaism and Christianity by analyzing ancient sources which either use "magic" as a label for deviant religiosity, or else valorize behavior of a broadly magico-religious variety. Through sustained engagement with texts ranging from Exodus 7-9 and 18 to the Testament of Solomon and Sefer ha-Razim, this volume focuses on materials that challenge the familiar boundaries between miracle, magic and medicine.

K. can realign the manuscript traditions of the Testament for a more coherent reading. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 67, 2005 "Interesting and engaging...richly suggestive in subject matter....the breadth of the anthology is impressive. Klutz's introductory essay provided a very good overview of the issues surrounding magic in academic studies of religion and society." - "The Bible and Critical Theory, " Vol. 1 No. 3, 2005

ISBN: 9780567083623
ISBN-10: 0567083624
Series: Journal for the study of the New Testament supplement series
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1