Religion, Science, and Magic: In Concert and In Conflict

Paperback | October 1, 1992

EditorJacob Neusner, Ernest S. Frerichs, Paul Virgil McCracken Flesher

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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 inAnglo-Saxon England, these ten essays provide a rigorous 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 oftopics, 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 literatures.

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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 inAnglo-Saxon England, these ten essays provide a rig...

Jacob Neusner is at University of South Florida. Ernest S. Frerichs is at Brown University Program in Judaic Studies.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.27 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:October 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195079116

ISBN - 13:9780195079111

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"...The collection as a whole offers fascinating insights into the socio-cultural background of the upsurge of magic in definite periods"--The Journal of Indo-European Studies