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Scholastic magic : ritual and revelation in early Jewish mysticism

Author: Michael D Swartz
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, ©1996.
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In exploring the social background of early Jewish mysticism, Scholastic Magic tells the story of how imagination and magic were made to serve memory and scholasticism. In the visionary literature that circulated between the fifth and ninth centuries, there are strange tales of ancient rabbis conjuring the angel known as Sar-Torah, the "Prince of the Torah." This angel endowed the rabbis themselves with spectacular
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Genre/Form: History
Prayers and devotions
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael D Swartz
ISBN: 0691010986 9780691010984
OCLC Number: 34547002
Description: x, 263 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Mentalities of Ancient Judaism --
Ch. 2. Memory, Torah, and Magic --
Ch. 3. The Texts --
Ch. 4. Sar-Torah Narratives: Translation and Analysis --
Ch. 5. Sar-Torah Rituals and Related Texts --
Ch. 6. Ritual and Purity --
Ch. 7. Tradition and Authority --
Ch. 8. Scholastic Magic.
Responsibility: Michael D. Swartz.
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