Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah

Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah

Issues of magic and religion, magical mysticism, and magic and social power are dealt with in length in this thorough investigation. Scholars interested in early Jewish history and comparative religions will find great value in this text.

Author: Yuval Harari

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814336311

Category: Religion

Page: 604

View: 598

“Magic culture is certainly fascinating. But what is it? What, in fact, are magic writings, magic artifacts?” Originally published in Hebrew in 2010, Jewish Magic Before the Rise of Kabbalah is a comprehensive study of early Jewish magic focusing on three major topics: Jewish magic inventiveness, the conflict with the culture it reflects, and the scientific study of both. The first part of the book analyzes the essence of magic in general and Jewish magic in particular. The book begins with theories addressing the relationship of magic and religion in fields like comparative study of religion, sociology of religion, history, and cultural anthropology, and considers the implications of the paradigm shift in the interdisciplinary understanding of magic for the study of Jewish magic. The second part of the book focuses on Jewish magic culture in late antiquity and in the early Islamic period. This section highlights the artifacts left behind by the magic practitioners—amulets, bowls, precious stones, and human skulls—as well as manuals that include hundreds of recipes. Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah also reports on the culture that is reflected in the magic evidence from the perspective of external non-magic contemporary Jewish sources. Issues of magic and religion, magical mysticism, and magic and social power are dealt with in length in this thorough investigation. Scholars interested in early Jewish history and comparative religions will find great value in this text.
Categories: Religion

Guide to the Study of Ancient Magic

Guide to the Study of Ancient Magic

chapter 16 Jewish Amulets, Magic Bowls, and Manuals in Aramaic and Hebrew
Gideon Bohak The Jews of late antiquity may ... 699–720; Bohak, Ancient Jewish
Magic, 143– 226; Yuval Harari, Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah, trans.

Author: David Frankfurter

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004390751

Category: Social Science

Page: 820

View: 494

This volume seeks to advance the study of ancient magic through separate discussions of ancient terms for ambiguous or illicit ritual, the ancient texts commonly designated magical, and contexts in which the term magic may be used descriptively.
Categories: Social Science

Windows on Jewish Worlds

Windows on Jewish Worlds

26 On the central role of adjurations in Jewish magic and on their linguistic and
performative character, see Yuval Harari, Jewish Magic before the Rise of
Kabbalah, trans. Batya Stein (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2017), 159–
203.

Author: Shalom Sabar

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789462495227

Category: Religion

Page:

View: 416

This volume celebrates the collecting effort of perhaps the greatest of all contemporary collectors of Judaica, William Gross, of Tel Aviv. It appears on the occasion of his eightieth birthday and contains discussions of a variety of works from the Gross Family Collection, authored by friends and colleagues from the world of Jewish museums and Jewish studies. Items discussed include Hebrew manuscripts and printed works, Jewish ceremonial silver, textiles, amulets, medals and Kabbalistic texts. The articles are illustrated richly, mostly with items from the Gross Family Collection. William Gross has always cherished a very personal perspective on the items in his collection. For him Jewish life and ritual, out of which all of these items grew, is multi-faceted. He has often claimed that each individual item in his collection constitutes a window through which one can view and learn about the Jews of a particular place and time. He believes that no Judaic object can be separated both from its Jewish roots and from the more general context of the political, social, economic and artistic environment in which the Jews, who ordered, used and venerated those objects, lived. These roots and this context are what give substance to these objects, which are often collectively referred to as Jewish Art. Editors: Shalom Sabar is a professor of Jewish Art and Folklore at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Emile Schrijver is general director of the Jewish Historical Museum and the Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam, as well as professor of the History of Jewish Heritage, in particular of the Jewish book, at the University of Amsterdam. Falk Wiesemann is emeritus professor of Modern History at the Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf.
Categories: Religion

Prognostication in the Medieval World

Prognostication in the Medieval World

“Jewish Magic: An Annotated Overview.” El Prezente: Studies in Sephardic
Culture 5 (2011): 13*-85* [Hebrew]. Harari, Yuval. Jewish Magic before the Rise
of Kabbalah. Detroit, MI, 2017. Idel, Moshe. “Abraham Abulafia and the Pope.

Author: Matthias Heiduk

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110499773

Category: History

Page: 1039

View: 181

Two opposing views of the future in the Middle Ages dominate recent historical scholarship. According to one opinion, medieval societies were expecting the near end of the world and therefore had no concept of the future. According to the other opinion, the expectation of the near end created a drive to change the world for the better and thus for innovation. Close inspection of the history of prognostication reveals the continuous attempts and multifold methods to recognize and interpret God’s will, the prodigies of nature, and the patterns of time. That proves, on the one hand, the constant human uncertainty facing the contingencies of the future. On the other hand, it demonstrates the firm believe during the Middle Ages in a future which could be shaped and even manipulated. The handbook provides the first overview of current historical research on medieval prognostication. It considers the entangled influences and transmissions between Christian, Jewish, Islamic, and non-monotheistic societies during the period from a wide range of perspectives. An international team of 63 renowned authors from about a dozen different academic disciplines contributed to this comprehensive overview.
Categories: History

The Book of Immediate Magic Part 2

The Book of Immediate Magic   Part 2

Patai, R. & Bar-Itzhak, H.: Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions,
Routledge, Abingdon & New York 2015. Harari, Y.: Jewish Magic before the Rise
of Kabbalah, Wayne State University Press, Detroit 2017. Saar, O.: Jewish Love ...

Author: Jacobus G. Swart

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780620807944

Category:

Page: 524

View: 777

The "Shadow Tree Series" comprises a unique collection of Western Esoteric studies and practices which Jacobus G. Swart, spiritual successor to William G. Gray and co-founder of the Sangreal Sodality, has actuated and taught over a period of forty years. In "The Book of Immediate Magic - Part 1" Jacobus G. Swart perpetuates the fundamental tenets of "Self Creation" in which it is maintained that the "Centre" establishes the "Circumference," and that personal reality is emanated in harmony with personal "Will." Hence this tome comprises an enhancement and expansion of the magical doctrines and techniques of Practical Kabbalah addressed in "The Book of Self Creation," "The Book of Sacred Names," and "The Book of Seals & Amulets." Jacobus Swart claims that working "Immediate Magic" is neither impossible nor difficult when we fully understand that consciousness is just one vast ocean, and that thoughts are the waves we make in it. It is all a matter of coordinating consciousness.
Categories:

Mysticism Magic and Kabbalah in Ashkenazi Judaism

Mysticism  Magic and Kabbalah in Ashkenazi Judaism

In regard to this connexion, we must consider G. Sholem's view in his Major
Trends in Jewish Mysticism: "Too little attention is given to the fact that
popularization of certain mystical ideas had begun long before the rise of
Hasidism and that, ...

Author: Karl Erich Grözinger

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110871753

Category: Religion

Page: 337

View: 595

After World War II, Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich (1921–2007) published works in English and German by eminent Israeli scholars, in this way introducing them to a wider audience in Europe and North America. The series he founded for that purpose, Studia Judaica, continues to offer a platform for scholarly studies and editions that cover all eras in the history of the Jewish religion.
Categories: Religion

History of the Jews From the rise of the Kabbala 1270 C E to the permanent settlement of the Marranos in Holland 1618 C E

History of the Jews  From the rise of the Kabbala  1270 C E   to the permanent settlement of the Marranos in Holland  1618 C E

He lost no time in translating several Kabbalistic writings from Hebrew into Latin
in order to bring this occult lore to the ... the cost of their journeyswas this : No
science affords more certainty as to the Godhead of Christ than Kabbala and
magic !

Author: Heinrich Graetz

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:HW4OLZ

Category: Jews

Page:

View: 639

Edited, and in part translated, by Bella Lèowy. Vol. 6: Index volume, with a memoir of the author by Dr. Philipp Bloch.
Categories: Jews

The Shengold Jewish Encyclopedia

The Shengold Jewish Encyclopedia

The teachings of the Kabbalah contributed to the rise of Messianic hopes and in
time influenced Hasidism profoundly. Hasidic religious fervor is based on
Kabbalistic teachings. Jewish folklore thrived on the Kabbalah's poetic and
magical ...

Author: Mordecai Schreiber

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications

ISBN: 9781589797253

Category: Religion

Page: 392

View: 109

First published in 1957, this one-volume source for everything Jewish has delighted and instructed several generations in the English-speaking Jewish world. Fully updated through 2007, it provides snapshots and in-depth entries on every important Jewish personality, place, concept, event and value in Israel, the United States, and all other parts of the world.
Categories: Religion

Religion Science and Magic

Religion  Science and Magic

Never before this period did magic penetrate the Jewish elite in such a
substantial way , and apparently affect writing ... corpus of Kabbalistic literature
into Latin and Italian , precipitated the emergence of a new attitude toward magic
, first in ...

Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015014870433

Category: Religion

Page: 294

View: 980

Every culture makes the distinction between "true religion" and magic, regarding one action and its result as "miraculous," while rejecting another as the work of the devil. Surveying such topics as Babylonian witchcraft, Jesus the magician, magic in Hasidism and Kabbalah, and magic in Anglo-Saxon England, these ten essays provide a rigrous examination of the history of this distinction in Christianity and Judaism. Written by such distinguished scholars as Jacob Neusner, Hans Penner, Howard Kee, Tzvi Abusch, Susan R. Garrett, and Moshe Idel, the essays explore a broad range of topics, including how certain social groups sort out approved practices and beliefs from those that are disapproved--providing fresh insight into how groups define themselves; "magic" as an insider's term for the outsider's religion; and the tendency of religious traditions to exclude the magical. In addition the collection provides illuminating social, cultural, and anthropological explanations for the prominence of the magical in certain periods and literature.
Categories: Religion

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance Machiavelli Petrarchism

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance  Machiavelli Petrarchism

This structural difference allowed Jewish thinkers to frame even more radical
magical interpretations of Judaism than was ... Agrippa , Pico , and Alemanno ,
Yagel regarded the Kabbalah as interrelated , if not identified , with intellectual
magic . ... there was no involvement in anomian ( non - Jewish legal ) magical
activities of the type that flourished in Spain before ... of Jewish society in this
period , the sixteenth century also witnessed the rise of possession divination (
communication ...

Author: Paul F. Grendler

Publisher: New York : Scribner's

ISBN: 0684805111

Category: Renaissance

Page: 460

View: 926

Review: "Conceived and produced in association with the Renaissance society of America, this work presents a panoramic view of the cultural movement and the period of history beginning in Italy from approximately 1350, broadening geographically to include the rest of Europe by the middle-to-late-15th century, and ending in the early 17th century. Each of the nearly 1,200 entries provides a learned and succinct account suitable for inquiring readers at several levels. These readable essays covering the arts and letters, in addition to everyday life, will be appreciated by general readers and high-school students. The thoughtful analyses will enlighten college students and delight scholars. A selective bibliography of primary and secondary sources for further study follows each article."--"Outstanding reference sources 2000", American Libraries, May 2000. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.
Categories: Renaissance

The Binding of Isaac Religious Murders Kabbalah

The Binding of Isaac  Religious Murders   Kabbalah

But these claims - in addition to being problematic relative to Jewish tradition , as
David Berger has pointed out ( see my essay on his recent book in this chapter )
— look to a heaven - oriented , individual redemption and a magical , mythical ...

Author: Lippman Bodoff

Publisher: Devora Publishing

ISBN: 193268753X

Category: Religion

Page: 463

View: 111

The author focuses on a number of pertinent questions that help explain how to create a Jewish ethical and moral society: What really happened at the binding of Isaac? How was the traditional interpretation of this pivotal moment in Jewish history misapplied in Christian theology and Jewish martyrology? Is there even a case for religious murders in Jewish thought and in the growing appeal of Jewish mysticism? What are the underlying premises of Jewry's claim to the Divinely Promised Land? Have the Jewish people forfeited this claim by its failure to pursue an active program of nationalism? How has Judaism developed from its rational, cultural, classical interest in every aspect of God's creation to its current, largely insular, rigid and kabbalistically oriented Orthodoxy, in which even Divine miracles and magic are claimed by certain sages? What has precipitated the gulf within Orthodoxy between the Hasidic-kabbalistic sects and the Modern Orthodox? These, and other modern-day questions, including the proper relationship between religion and the State, are analyzed and fully discussed in this groundbreaking volume.
Categories: Religion

The Jews of Eastern Europe 1772 1881

The Jews of Eastern Europe  1772 1881

This is how the kabbalah scholar Moshe Idel defined the role of Hasidism as a
mystical phenomenon peculiar to Eastern Europe.1 While ... In the decades prior
to the Polish partitions, Eastern EuropeanJewish society was in the process of a
spiritual ... although not the only one, was the meteoric rise of the Hasidic
movement in the second half of the eighteenth century. ... Better known as the Ba'
al Shem Tov (the ''Besht''), he engaged in magic and the study of kabbalah and,
with his ...

Author: Israel Bartal

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812200812

Category: History

Page: 216

View: 704

In the nineteenth century, the largest Jewish community the modern world had known lived in hundreds of towns and shtetls in the territory between the Prussian border of Poland and the Ukrainian coast of the Black Sea. The period had started with the partition of Poland and the absorption of its territories into the Russian and Austro-Hungarian empires; it would end with the first large-scale outbreaks of anti-Semitic violence and the imposition in Russia of strong anti-Semitic legislation. In the years between, a traditional society accustomed to an autonomous way of life would be transformed into one much more open to its surrounding cultures, yet much more confident of its own nationalist identity. In The Jews of Eastern Europe, Israel Bartal traces this transformation and finds in it the roots of Jewish modernity.
Categories: History

The Myth of Ritual Murder

The Myth of Ritual Murder

Traces the development of ritual murder trials in late medieval and early modern Germany, and the significance of magic, the occult, and the power attributed to human blood in German religious traditions and folklore based on the Christian ...

Author: R. Po-chia Hsia

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300047460

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 655

Traces the development of ritual murder trials in late medieval and early modern Germany, and the significance of magic, the occult, and the power attributed to human blood in German religious traditions and folklore based on the Christian belief in sacrifice. Focuses on the ritual murder trial in Endingen (1470), the case of Simon of Trent (1475), the Host desecration accusation in Passau (1478), and the blood libels in Regensburg (1476), Freiburg (1504), and Worms (1563). Ritual murder accusations declined after the Reformation when all forms of magic were attacked, but in Lutheran Germany ritual murder discourse survived primarily as a historical element in order to strengthen confessional identity. Ritual murder trials furnished the historical "reality" for the consolidation of the stereotype of the magical nature of Jews.
Categories: History

Path of Life

Path of Life

that is , Kabbalah . This influence of course might have been this provocative
thesis had a logical foundation . For him , specific to what in the Jewish Kabbalah
had been trans Kabbalah , the same as magic in the sense of the period's ...

Author: Alexandr Putík

Publisher:

ISBN: 8020017755

Category: Jews

Page: 513

View: 338

Categories: Jews

The Journal of Jewish Studies

The Journal of Jewish Studies

... them Iberian beliefs and traditions conducive to the rise of such incidents , the
flourishing of Kabbalistic ideas ( gilgul ) ... First , he examines several medieval
and Renaissance Jewish magical texts , and studies their varied instructions on ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015057999255

Category: Electronic journals

Page:

View: 507

Categories: Electronic journals

Jews in the Early Modern World

Jews in the Early Modern World

On women and Kabbalah , see Chava Weissler , Voices of the Matriarchs :
Listening to the Prayers of Early Modern Jewish Women ( Boston , 1998 ) , 89ff .
... Contemporary Traveller , ” Jewish History 7 ( 2 ) ( 1993 ) : 105 – 18 ; and
Jetteke Van Wijk , “ The Rise and Fall of Shabbatai Zevi as Reflected in ... Joshua
Trachtenberg , Jewish Magic and Superstition : A Study in Folk Religion ( New
York , 1939 ) .

Author: Dean Phillip Bell

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015066412019

Category: Social Science

Page: 301

View: 175

Jews in the Early Modern World presents a comparative and global history of the Jews for the early modern period, 1400-1700. It traces the remarkable demographic changes experienced by Jews around the globe and assesses the impact of those changes on Jewish communal and social structures, religious and cultural practices, and relations with non-Jews.
Categories: Social Science

From the rise of the Kabbala 1270 C E to the permanent settlement of the Marranos in Holland 1618 C E

From the rise of the Kabbala  1270 C E   to the permanent settlement of the Marranos in Holland  1618 C E

He lost no time in translating several Kabbalistic writings from Hebrew into Latin
in order to bring this occult lore to the ... cost of their journeys — was this : No
science affords more certainty as to the Godhead of Christ than Kabbala and
magic !

Author: Heinrich Graetz

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105000244371

Category: Jews

Page:

View: 239

Categories: Jews

Kabbalah For Dummies

Kabbalah For Dummies

Chapter 2: Magic, Mishegas, and Other Things that Kabbalah Isn't ... Though it
may seem like one because of the sudden rise in popularity and exposure, it's
actually been around and developing for ... Kabbalah is ✓ The theology of the
Jewish people ✓ The study of the ways the great sages of Judaism understand
how the ...

Author: Arthur Kurzweil

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118068625

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 728

Kabbalah For Dummies presents a balanced perspective of Kabbalah as an “umbrella” for a complex assemblage of mystical Jewish teachings and codification techniques. Kabbalah For Dummies also shows how Kabbalah simultaneously presents an approach to the study of text, the performance of ritual and the experience of worship, as well as how the reader can apply its teaching to everyday life.
Categories: Religion

History Of Judaism 2 Vol Set

History Of Judaism 2 Vol Set

A fascinating book on the practical Kabbalah is J. Trachtenberg , Jewish Magic
and Superstition ( Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society , 1939 ) . For an
appreciative essay on Nahmanides see Solomon Schechter , Studies in Judaism
, ist ...

Author: Daniel Jeremy Silver

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015002962465

Category: Judaism

Page: 476

View: 621

Categories: Judaism

The Twilight of the American Enlightenment

The Twilight of the American Enlightenment

A fascinating book on the practical Kabbalah is J . Trachtenberg , Jewish Magic
and Superstition ( Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society , 1939 ) . For an
appreciative essay on Nahmanides see Solomon Schechter , Studies in Judaism
, ist ...

Author: George Marsden

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465030106

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 508

In the aftermath of World War II, the United States stood at a precipice. The forces of modernity unleashed by the war had led to astonishing advances in daily life, but technology and mass culture also threatened to erode the country's traditional moral character. As award-winning historian George M. Marsden explains in The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, postwar Americans looked to the country's secular, liberal elites for guidance in this precarious time, but these intellectuals proved unable to articulate a coherent common cause by which America could chart its course. Their failure lost them the faith of their constituents, paving the way for a Christian revival that offered America a firm new moral vision—one rooted in the Protestant values of the founders. A groundbreaking reappraisal of the country's spiritual reawakening, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment shows how America found new purpose at the dawn of the Cold War.
Categories: History