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Scholastic Magic : ritual and revelation in early Jewish mysticism

Author: Michael D Swartz
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014] ©1996
Series: Princeton legacy library.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Prayers and devotions
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Swartz, Michael D.
Scholastic magic.
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, ©1996
(DLC) 96033720
(OCoLC)34547002
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael D Swartz
ISBN: 9781400864416 1400864410
OCLC Number: 884012615
Description: 1 online resource (278 pages).
Contents: Introduction. Mentalities of ancient Judaism --
Memory, Torah, and magic --
The Sar-Torah texts. The texts --
Sar-Torah narratives : translation and analysis --
Sar-Torah rituals and related texts --
Ritual and revelation. Ritual and Purity --
Tradition and authority --
Conclusions. Scholastic magic.
Series Title: Princeton legacy library.
Responsibility: Michael D. Swartz.

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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 memory and skill in learning, and then taught them the formulas for giving others these gifts. This literature, according to Michael Swartz, gives us rare glimpse.

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