The Resource Scholastic magic : ritual and revelation in early Jewish mysticism, Michael D. Swartz

Scholastic magic : ritual and revelation in early Jewish mysticism, Michael D. Swartz

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Scholastic magic : ritual and revelation in early Jewish mysticism
Title
Scholastic magic
Title remainder
ritual and revelation in early Jewish mysticism
Statement of responsibility
Michael D. Swartz
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Genre
Language
eng
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 glimpses of how ancient and medieval Jews who stood outside the mainstream of rabbinic leadership viewed Torah and ritual. Through close readings of the texts, he uncovers unfamiliar dimensions of the classical Judaic idea of Torah and the rabbinic civilization that forged them
  • Swartz sets the stage for his analysis with a discussion of the place of memory and orality in ancient and medieval Judaism and how early educational and physiological theories were marshaled for the cultivation of memory. He then examines the unusual magical rituals for conjuring angels and ascending to heaven, as well as the authors' attitudes to authority and tradition. He shows them to have subverted essential rabbinic values even as they remained beholden to them. The result is a ground-breaking analysis of the social and conceptual background of rabbinic Judaism and ancient Mediterranean religions in the ancient and medieval world, ritual studies, and popular religion
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Swartz, Michael D
Index
index present
LC call number
BM526
LC item number
.S93 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Mysticism
  • Jewish magic
  • Rabbis
  • Intercessory prayer
  • Intercessory prayer
  • Jewish magic
  • Mysticism
  • Rabbis
  • Hekhalot-literatuur
  • Magie
  • Mystique
  • Magie juive
  • Rabbins
  • Prière d'intercession
  • Mystik
  • Maʻaśē merkāvā
  • Judentum
Label
Scholastic magic : ritual and revelation in early Jewish mysticism, Michael D. Swartz
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-247) and indexes
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Mentalities of Ancient Judaism -- Ch. 2. Memory, Torah, and Magic -- Ch. 3. The Texts -- Ch. 4. Sar-Torah Narratives: Translation and Analysis -- Ch. 5. Sar-Torah Rituals and Related Texts -- Ch. 6. Ritual and Purity -- Ch. 7. Tradition and Authority -- Ch. 8. Scholastic Magic
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 263 pages
Isbn
9780691010984
Lccn
96033720
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34547002
  • (OCoLC)ocm34547002
Label
Scholastic magic : ritual and revelation in early Jewish mysticism, Michael D. Swartz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-247) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Mentalities of Ancient Judaism -- Ch. 2. Memory, Torah, and Magic -- Ch. 3. The Texts -- Ch. 4. Sar-Torah Narratives: Translation and Analysis -- Ch. 5. Sar-Torah Rituals and Related Texts -- Ch. 6. Ritual and Purity -- Ch. 7. Tradition and Authority -- Ch. 8. Scholastic Magic
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 263 pages
Isbn
9780691010984
Lccn
96033720
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34547002
  • (OCoLC)ocm34547002

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