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Author Swartz, Michael D., author

Title Scholastic Magic : ritual and revelation in early Jewish mysticism / Michael D. Swartz

Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
©1996
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Description 1 online resource (278 pages)
Series Princeton legacy library
Princeton legacy library.
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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-247) and indexes
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Heikhalot rabbati.
Maʻaśeh merkavah.
Intercessory prayer -- Judaism.
Jewish magic.
Mysticism -- Judaism -- History.
Rabbis -- Prayers and devotions.
Genre/Form History.
Prayers and devotions.
Prayers.
Devotional literature.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1400864410 (electronic bk)
9781400864416 (electronic bk)