Magic in the Biblical World Paperback

From the Rod of Aaron to the Ring of Solomon

by Todd Klutz;

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Magic in the Biblical World

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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 historical and social-scientific approaches to religious studies. While recognising and at times reinforcing this stance, the essays in this collection show that there is still much to be learned about the cultural context of early Judaism and Christianity by analysing ancient texts which either use "magic" as a category for purposes of deviance labelling or promote behaviour of a broadly magico-religious variety. Through sustained engagement with texts ranging from Exodus 7-9 and Acts 8 to the Testament of Solomon and the Late Antique alchemical treatise known as the Cyranides, this volume focuses chiefly on materials that challenge the familiar boundaries between miracle and magic and medicine; yet it also heightens awareness of the way unsuspecting use of a sign such as "magic" can impede critical understanding of texts and their respective contexts of production and reception.

Magic in the Biblical World by Todd Klutz was published by Continuum in March 2004 and is our 52942nd best seller. The ISBN for Magic in the Biblical World is 9780567083623.

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Details for Magic in the Biblical World

Page last updated 17th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherContinuum (March 2004)
Number of Pages278
Thickness14 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code1152254
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