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Officina Magica: Essays on the Practice of Magic in Antiquity (Ijs Studies in Judaica, V. 4) (Ijs Studies in Judaica)
by Shaul Shaked
This book discusses various aspects of the theory and practice of magic in antique cultures around the Mediterranean. While some of its contributors address problems of methodology of research into magic and the definition of magic, others deal with specific historical and textual issues. Although a major focus is on Jewish texts ranging from antiquity to the medieval ...more
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published June 15th 2005 by Brill Academic Pub
(first published June 1st 2005)
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As may be expected of a collection of conference proceedings, the majority of the papers presented herein address very particular objects of study in great detail. Indeed, questions of historical-cultural influence, textual transmission, and manuscript form and content are all carefully scrutinized. One of the volume's shortcomings, however, lies in that very circumscription of its components; while broadly related by theme, and somewhat less so by geography and chronology, there is little to ...more