Studies on astral magic in medieval Jewish thought / by Dov Schwartz ; translated by David Louvish and Batya Stein.

Astral magic is shown to be a major influence in Jewish medieval thought. The book traces its winding course in the work of such figures as Judah Halevi, Nahmanides and others, and provides a new perspective on medieval Jewish rationalism.

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Superior document:The Brill reference library of Judaism, v. 20
Year of Publication:2004
Edition:1st ed.
Series:Brill reference library of Judaism ; v. 20.
Physical Description:1 online resource (268 p.)
Notes:Description based upon print version of record.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction; Chapter One - Judah Halevi and Abraham Ibn Ezra; Chapter Two - Magic, Experiential Science, and Scientific Method in Maimonides; Chapter Three - From Theurgy to Magic: Sacrifice in the Circle of Nahmanides and his Interpreters; Chapter Four - Institutionalization; Chapter Five - The Controversy in Provence; Chapter Six - The Controversy in Spanish Jewry; Chapter Seven - Jewish Rationalism In Late Medieval Byzantium; Chapter Eight - Magic, Astrology, and Theology in Late Medieval Byzantium; Epilogue - Astral Magic and the Philosophy of Science; References; Index