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Jeffers, Ann (1996) Magic and Divination in Ancient Palestine and Syria. Leiden: E.J Brill. [Monograph]

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    Abstract

    Beginning with Deuteronomy 18:9ff and its condemnation of magicians and diviners, this book explores the range of magical and divinatory practices in Ancient Israel and Syria. Investigating the wealth of language relating to magical and divinatory practices, combined with the archaelogical and historical data, the book seeks to place magic and divination at the centre of ancient Israelite religion. An integral part of Ancient Eastern cosmology and culture, magic and divination are never completely eradicated despite the ideological warfare let by the Old Testament writers. The first part examines the function of various magicians and diviners. This is followed by a chapter on dreams and visions. The third chapter looks at techniques and devices used by oracular practitioners.

    Item Type: Monograph (Other)
    Additional Information: Volume VIII in Studies in the History and Culture of the Ancient Near East, ed. By B. Halpern and M.H.E. Weippert.
    Department: Theology
    Depositing User: Dr Ann Jeffers
    Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2012 15:10
    Last Modified: 16 Feb 2012 15:10
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/1413

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