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Moshe Idel

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300083798

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300083798.001.0001

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Magical and Magical-Mystical Arcanizations of Canonical Books

Magical and Magical-Mystical Arcanizations of Canonical Books

(p.137) 5 Magical and Magical-Mystical Arcanizations of Canonical Books
Absorbing Perfections

Moshe Idel

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses several views located in Jewish magical and Kabbalistic literatures. It looks at aspects that can be considered as magical, and addresses examples of a descending kind of magic. Next, the chapter turns to the assumption of angels being assigned to the Torah and of being able to gain access to an angel using the Torah. The talismanic magic associated with the Bible and its historical route in relation to Jewish mysticism is summarized. The transformation of a theme found in Lurianic Kabbalah, two ways where the Zohar is thought to be a channel of secrets from above, and the practice of reading the Torah during early Hasidism are all the subject of the latter part of the chapter.

Keywords:   magic, angels, Torah, Bible, talismanic magic, Jewish mysticism, Lurianic Kabbalah, Zohar, Hasidism

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