The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth Magic and Mysticism

... credit Jews with a special talent for exorcising demons (Trypho 85:3; Against Celsus book 4). Gideon Bohak divides the methods of exorcism in the ...

Author: Geoffrey W. Dennis

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9780738748146

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 504

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Jewish esotericism is the oldest and most influential continuous occult tradition in the West. Presenting lore that can spiritually enrich your life, this one-of-a-kind encyclopedia is devoted to the esoteric in Judaism—the miraculous and the mysterious. In this second edition, Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis has added over thirty new entries and significantly expanded over one hundred other entries, incorporating more knowledge and passages from primary sources. This comprehensive treasury of Jewish teachings, drawn from sources spanning Jewish scripture, the Talmud, the Midrash, the Kabbalah, and other esoteric branches of Judaism, is exhaustively researched yet easy to use. It includes over one thousand alphabetical entries, from Aaron to Zohar Chadesh, with extensive cross-references to related topics and new illustrations throughout. Drawn from the well of a great spiritual tradition, the secret wisdom within these pages will enlighten and empower you. Praise: "An erudite and lively compendium of Jewish magical beliefs, practices, texts, and individuals...This superb, comprehensive encyclopedia belongs in every serious library."—Richard M. Golden, Director of the Jewish Studies Program, University of North Texas, and editor of The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition "Rabbi Dennis has performed a tremendously important service for both the scholar and the novice in composing a work of concise information about aspects of Judaism unbeknownst to most, and intriguing to all."—Rabbi Gershon Winkler, author of Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism

Jesus the Galilean Exorcist

Amanda Witmer presents an investigation of exorcism in the activities of the historical Jesus, particularly the connection between spirit possession and exorcism on the one hand and the socio-political context of first-century Galilee on ...

Author: Amanda Witmer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567427564

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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Amanda Witmer presents an investigation of exorcism in the activities of the historical Jesus, particularly the connection between spirit possession and exorcism on the one hand and the socio-political context of first-century Galilee on the other. Witmer draws on research from the areas of sociology, anthropology, archaeology and biblical studies to illuminate this aspect of Jesus' career, as well as the broader social implications of spirit possession in those he treated and the exorcisms themselves. Evidence found in the strands underlying the Synoptic Gospels is evaluated using the criteria of authenticity and comparative analysis in order to establish early and historical material. Questions posed and answered concern the historical plausibility of Jesus' role as exorcist, the possibility that his own career began with a period of spirit possession, and the meaning that his exorcisms conveyed to his first-century audience. Thus, the methodology includes textual analysis, sociological analysis of general cultural patterns within which first-century Palestine can be fitted, and anthropological analysis of the plausible functions of both spirit possession and exorcism in agrarian societies.

The Jewish Context of Jesus Miracles

The king had been suffering for seven years when he encountered a Jewish exorcist/soothsayer who pardoned his sins (or else God forgave the king's sins, ...

Author: Eric Eve

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781841273150

Category: Religion

Page: 420

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Scholarly literature on Jesus has often attempted to relate his miracles to their Jewish context, but that context has not been surveyed in its own right. This volume fills that gap by examining both the ideas on miracle in Second Temple literature (including Josephus, Philo, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha) and the evidence for contemporary Jewish miracle workers. The penultimate chapter explores insights from cultural anthropology to round out the picture obtained from the literary evidence, and the study concludes that Jesus is distinctive as a miracle-worker in his Jewish context while nevertheless fitting into it.

The Jewish Roots of Christological Monotheism

In Acts , for instance , non - Christian Jewish charismatics employ the name of Jesus for exorcistic purposes but , unlike the strange exorcist ...

Author: Carey C. Newman

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004113614

Category: Religion

Page: 373

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This volume investigates the Jewish cultural matrix that gave rise to the veneration of Jesus in the early Christianity. Specifically, this study examines Christian origins, the context of Jewish monotheism, Jewish divine mediator figures and the Christian practice of worshipping Jesus.

A History of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period Volume 4

4) has his healing performed by a Jewish exorcist (4QprNab). As already noted, Josephus traces exorcism of evil spirits back to Solomon himself.

Author: Lester L. Grabbe

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567700711

Category: Religion

Page: 544

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This is the fourth and fi nal volume of Lester L. Grabbe's four-volume history of the Second Temple period, collecting all that is known about the Jews during the period in which they were ruled by the Roman Empire. Based directly on primary sources such as archaeology, inscriptions, Jewish literary sources and Greek, Roman and Christian sources, this study includes analysis of the Jewish diaspora, mystical and Gnosticism trends, and the developments in the Temple, the law, and contemporary attitudes towards Judaism. Spanning from the reign of Herod Archelaus to the war with Rome and Roman control up to 150 CE, this volume concludes with Grabbe's holistic perspective on the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period.

The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ Volume 3 i

The principal difference between the two is that in the Qumran version the Jewish exorcist plays a prominent role. Milik conjectures that 4QprNab, ...

Author: Emil Schürer

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780567604521

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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Emil Schürer's Geschichte des judischen Volkes im Zeitalter Jesu Christi, originally published in German between 1874 and 1909 and in English between 1885 and 1891, is a critical presentation of Jewish history, institutions, and literature from 175 B.C. to A.D. 135. It has rendered invaluable services to scholars for nearly a century. The present work offers a fresh translation and a revision of the entire subject-matter. The bibliographies have been rejuvenated and supplemented; the sources are presented according to the latest scholarly editions; and all the new archaeological, epigraphical, numismatic and literary evidence, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bar Kokhba documents, has been introduced into the survey. Account has also been taken of the progress in historical research, both in the classical and Jewish fields. This work reminds students of the profound debt owed to nineteenth-century learning, setting it within a wider framework of contemporary knowledge, and provides a foundation on which future historians of Judaism in the age of Jesus may build.

The Literature of the Jewish People in the Period of the Second Temple and the Talmud Volume 2 Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period

The Qumran document, written in Aramaic, describes the healing of the last ruler of Babylon, Nabonidus (555-539 B.C.E.), by a Jewish exorcist.

Author: Michael Stone

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004275119

Category: Religion

Page: 722

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This volume describes that part of the rich literary production of ancient Judaism which was not contained in the Hebrew Bible nor in rabbinic literature. these writings originated in the Second Temple period, which proved highly creative in the midst of strong external influences and internal movements. Prime example are the Dead Sea scrolls, documents of an extremely separatist sect. Their discovery in 1947 revolutionized our understanding of the Second Temple Judaism and its literature. The scrolls appear more or less related in spirit to a group of writings transmitted by Christianity and known as the Pseudepigrapha. Yet another group are the Apocrypha, closely related to later biblical writings and incorporated within the Greek Old Testament. Finally, the encounter with Greek culture is documented by Jewish authors writing in Greek, notably Philo and Josephus. After a historical outline which sets the stage, the chapters in this book describe and analyze these documents. Selective bibliographies for further reading conclude the chapters. An index of sources and of names and subjects, as well an exhaustive list of modern works quoted, complete the volume. It addresses no only scholars and students, but any reader interested in Judaism and Christianity in the ancient period.

Was 70 CE a Watershed in Jewish History

A second reason for the continuity of the Jewish exorcistic tradition is its highly diffuse nature. As we noted throughout the present survey, exorcism ...

Author: Daniel R. Schwartz

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004215344

Category: Religion

Page: 548

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These twenty studies ask whether changes in different fields of ancient Jewish culture were caused by the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, what changed for other reasons, and what did not change despite that event.

Jesus the Exorcist

... exorcist within his own milieu'” Two further questions are involved in making this decision. First, should only Palestinian or Jewish material be used?

Author: Graham H. Twelftree

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781610970600

Category: Religion

Page: 286

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That the synoptic writers believed that Jesus cast out demons and that such a role figured prominently in the Synoptics' portrait of him can scarcely be denied. And yet, only scant scholarly attention has been focused on Jesus' role as exorcist. Even less consideration has been given to the significance of Jesus as exorcist for understanding the historical Jesus. Now, in a provocative and insightful study, Graham Twelftree helps New Testament scholars move beyond such myopia. Twelftree examines exorcists and exorcism in first-century Palestine, assesses the New Testament accounts of demons and their demise, and explores the implications and significance of the fact that Jesus was indeed an exorcist. The volume appeared originally in the noted German series Wissenschaftliche Unteruchmungen zum Neuen Testament.

The Function of Exorcism Stories in Mark s Gospel

Jewish. Antiquities. 8:44–49. Ant. 8:44–49 records that eleazar performs an exorcism for healing in the presence of Vespasian and his sons.77 By putting a ...

Author: Andreas Hauw

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532662638


Page: 240

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This book investigates stories of Jesus’ exorcisms in the Gospel of Mark. The story of Jesus’ first public ministry in the synagogue (Mark 1:21–28) and the Beelzebul controversy story (3:20–30) are examined to understand the other acts of exorcism that Jesus performed (5:1–20; 7:24–30; 9:14–32). Both Mark 1:21–28 and 3:20–30 highlight Jesus as a teacher and as an eschatological exorcist. The latter stresses Jesus’ own understanding of exorcism and relates his identity with that of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the first two exorcism stories in Mark’s Gospel confirm Jesus as the bearer of the kingdom of God. The motif of discipleship, which is evident in both stories, contributes to delineating Jesus’ christological identity as the Son of God, as indicated by the incipit of Mark’s Gospel (Mark 1:1). Markan exorcism stories in Mark 5:1–20; 7:24–30; and 9:14–29 further develop the presentation of Jesus’ exorcisms and other primary motifs. The motifs of authority, identity, and mission confirm the christological identity of Jesus within gentile territory, and are an important part of his mission to the gentiles. Jesus’ specific mission in Mark 9:14–29 presents the exorcism that Jesus performed in the context of his role in both death and resurrection. In this way, Jesus as the bearer of the kingdom of God defeats the kingdom of Beelzebul.

The Jews Under Roman Rule

A similar instance of exorcism was once witnessed by Josephus , when a Jewish exorcist expelled a demon in the presence of the emperor Vespasian and his soldiers . In order to prove to demonstration the virtue of his art , the exorcist ...

Author: William Douglas Morrison


ISBN: BML:37001103921107

Category: Jews

Page: 426

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The Story of the Jews Under Roman Rule

A similar instance of exorcism was once witnessed by Josephus , when a Jewish exorcist expelled a demon in the presence of the emperor Vespasian and his soldiers . In order to prove to demonstration the virtue of his art , the exorcist ...

Author: Williams Douglas Morrison


ISBN: NYPL:33433081601886

Category: Florence (Italy)

Page: 415

View: 896


Spirit Possession in Judaism

A rich, multidisciplinary exploration of spirit possession among Jews.

Author: Yoram Bilu

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814330037

Category: Religion

Page: 476

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A rich, multidisciplinary exploration of spirit possession among Jews.

In the Name of Jesus

"For the vast majority of biblical scholars," asserts Graham H. Twelftree, "this is tantamount to believing in such entities as elves, dragons, or a flat earth.

Author: Graham H. Twelftree

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781441205995

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 551


To many in the church in the West, exorcism seems like the stuff of movies. It requires acceptance of the premise that evil spirits exist and can invade, control, and impair the health of an individual and that the individual can, in turn, be cured through someone forcing the evil spirits to leave. "For the vast majority of biblical scholars," asserts Graham H. Twelftree, "this is tantamount to believing in such entities as elves, dragons, or a flat earth." But for Christians throughout the world--especially the developing world--exorcism is an important part of the freedom that can be had through faith. In the Name of Jesus is the only book that explores this common part of ministry in the early church. This reliable and historical discussion provides church leaders, Bible students, pastors, and scholars with an intriguing and unique resource.

Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity

called for exorcism or another form of supernatural healing, such as prayer. ... The most prominent was the Jewish exorcist Eleazar.

Author: Gary B. Ferngren

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421420066

Category: Medical

Page: 264

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Drawing on New Testament studies and recent scholarship on the expansion of the Christian church, Gary B. Ferngren presents a comprehensive historical account of medicine and medical philanthropy in the first five centuries of the Christian era. Ferngren first describes how early Christians understood disease. He examines the relationship of early Christian medicine to the natural and supernatural modes of healing found in the Bible. Despite biblical accounts of demonic possession and miraculous healing, Ferngren argues that early Christians generally accepted naturalistic assumptions about disease and cared for the sick with medical knowledge gleaned from the Greeks and Romans. Ferngren also explores the origins of medical philanthropy in the early Christian church. Rather than viewing illness as punishment for sins, early Christians believed that the sick deserved both medical assistance and compassion. Even as they were being persecuted, Christians cared for the sick within and outside of their community. Their long experience in medical charity led to the creation of the first hospitals, a singular Christian contribution to health care. "A succinct, thoughtful, well-written, and carefully argued assessment of Christian involvement with medical matters in the first five centuries of the common era... It is to Ferngren's credit that he has opened questions and explored them so astutely. This fine work looks forward as well as backward; it invites fuller reflection of the many senses in which medicine and religion intersect and merits wide readership."— Journal of the American Medical Association "In this superb work of historical and conceptual scholarship, Ferngren unfolds for the reader a cultural milieu of healing practices during the early centuries of Christianity."— Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith "Readable and widely researched... an important book for mission studies and American Catholic movements, the book posits the question of what can take its place in today's challenging religious culture."— Missiology: An International Review Gary B. Ferngren is a professor of history at Oregon State University and a professor of the history of medicine at First Moscow State Medical University. He is the author of Medicine and Religion: A Historical Introduction and the editor of Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction.

Preaching the Gospels Without Blaming the Jews

Proper 21 [26]/YearB Mark 9:38-50 The disciples see an exorcist casting out ... unknown exorcist not only with the disciples but also with Jewish leaders ...

Author: Ronald James Allen

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664227635

Category: Religion

Page: 261

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"In this commentary on the Gospel readings in the Revised Common Lectionary, Allen and Williamson call attention to ways in which the lections are continuous with the theology, values, and practices of Judaism and reflect critically on the caricatures in the readings. They explain the polemics in their first-century setting but criticize them historically and theologically. They also suggest ways that preachers can help their congregations move beyond these contentious themes to a greater sense of kinship and shared mission with Judaism."--BOOK JACKET.

The Jews in the Greek Age

The Jewish exorcist in the Prayer ( whose name is not given in the extant fragment ) advised the king to forsake idols if he would be cured .

Author: Elias Joseph Bickerman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674474902

Category: History

Page: 338

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A history of the Jews in the Greek age, charting issues of stability and change in Jewish society during a period that ranges from the conquest of Palestine by Alexander the Great in the fourth century, until approximately 175 B.C.E. and the revolt of the Maccabees.

The Jesus Quest

Within the Jewish tradition exorcism was especially linked to Solomon and his wisdom , in this case wisdom about secret and magical formulas by which one ...

Author: Ben Witherington

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830815449

Category: Religion

Page: 334

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Ben Witherington III offers a comprehensive assessment of what scholars such as John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, Burton Mack and the Jesus Seminar are really saying about Jesus.

The Jews in Italy

Their Contribution to the Development and Diffusion of Jewish Heritage Yaron ... A Spirit of Dizziness is unique among our records of dybbuk exorcisms.

Author: Yaron Harel

Publisher: Academic Studies PRess

ISBN: 9781644692585

Category: Social Science

Page: 444

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All twenty-two original articles in the current volume are based on lectures given at the conference “The Jews in Italy: Their Contribution to the Development and Diffusion of Jewish Heritage”, which was convened in September 2011, at the University of Bologna, Department of Cultural Heritage. Geographically, the articles range from Italy to the Ottoman Empire (the Balkans and Aleppo), from France and Germany to the Middle East, including Israel, North and East Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, and Ethiopia). Chronologically, articles begin with the Roman period, through the Middle Ages and Renaissance until modern times. In this collection, the reader will find a wide range of subjects reflecting various scholarly perspectives such as history; Christian-Jewish relations; Kabbalah; commentary on the Bible and Talmud; language, grammar, and translation; literature; philosophy; gastronomy; art; culture; folklore; and education.