Wednesday, November 08, 2006

More magic

A new journal , devoted to the study of magic, is supposed to have started appearing, describing itself as "serious, rigorously peer-reviewed scholarly". Doesn't that sound like they're a little insecure? Even when neuroscience is supporting traditional claims about spirit possession?

Last week I found a Jewish amulet, from 19th century Eastern Europe, which used as one of its central magical texts, a verse in Psalms:
Then stood up Phinehas and executed judgment and so the plague was stayed.

Looking through the indices of published Jewish magical texts from the Geniza (Schafer's three volumes - apparently the fourth is on the way - and Schiffman and Swartz) but this verse doesn't seem to have been utilized there. Anyone know of any such use of this nice pasuk?


Blogger Lipman said...

Even when neuroscience is supporting traditional claims about spirit possession?

It doesn't. It basically says they're not meshugge, they're metoref.

/>title="amad (aw-mad') -- abide (behind), appoint, arise, cease, confirm, continue, dwell, be employed, endure, establish" href="" target="_big">Then stood up


6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It did appear. It is a web journal that will be fully available on line for free. And the tab labeled "sample issues" has the first issue.

7:52 PM  
Anonymous andy said...

I assume you also checked Naveh and Shaked.

3:10 AM  
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9:48 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

what's the difference between משוגע and מטורף?

3:20 AM  
Blogger Lipman said...


3:41 PM  
Anonymous jl said...

Why would you expect to find anything in schafer, shaked/naveh, or swartz/schiffman? You said it's a 19th c. EASTERN EUROPEAN text! Check 17th and 18th c. magical works. Hida's works have tons of stuff of this sort from all over europe and the near east. Check up books like sefer zechirah and the like.

7:27 AM  

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