This collection of articles by distinguished scholars and experts in their particular fields of research is introduced by a chapter dealing with general matters of the current hermeneutics of magic: what is the nature of magic and what is the understanding of magic in the Western world-view and what - for instance - in the African world? Centered around studies on Jesus and magic the second part contains studies on the use of the term magic in the New Testament and especially in Acts. The third section broadens the understanding of magic through selected case studies in different approaches to magic in the environment and background of the New Testament (Old Testament, Qumran, Apuleius, Women as Magicians). Early Christianity subsequent to the New Testament develops its own view of magic, criticizing pagan magic but not being uninfluenced by magic or magic-like practices. This development is part of the fourth and last chapter of the collection along with two different papers on the possible use of Jewish and Christian themes in later magical texts.
The collection explores the importance of magic within Early Christianity, an issue shared with its Old Testament and Jewish roots and with its ancient background, implying reluctance and critique. Both magical traits and the critique of non-Christian magic have an impact on later scripture and still exert influence now on modern theoretical discussion and popular ideas.
Dr. Michael Labahn is Wissenschaftlicher Assistant for New Testament at Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Dr. Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte is Lecturer (universitair docent) for New Testament at Kampen Theological University, The Netherlands.
Preface; Abbreviations; List Of Contributors; Part I; From Mageia To Magic: Envisaging A Problematic Concept In The Study Of Religion- Daria Pezzoli Olgiatti; Magic In Ancient World And African Culture- Emmanuel Nwaoru. Part II; Jesus And Magic: Theodicean Perspectives To The Issue-Tom Holmen; Jesus The Exorcist And Ancient Magic-Graham H. Twelftree; Ma&Goi - Astrologers, Ecstatics, Deceitful Prophets New Testament Understanding In Jewish And Pagan Context-Michael Becker; Magic In The Book Of Acts-Stanley E. Porter; Part III; Magic From Before The Dawn Of The Time; Understanding Magic In The Old Testament: A Shift In Paradigm (Deuteronomy 18:9 - 14 And Beyond)- Ann Jeffers; Catalogue Of Spirits, Liturgical Manuscript With Angelological Content, Incantation?; Reflections On The Character Of A Fragment From Qumran (4Q230 1); With Appendix: Edition Of The Fragments Of IAA No. 114- Eibert Tigchelaar; The Daughters Of Medeia: Enchanting Women In The Greco-Hellenistic World-Christiane Kunst; Fascinating But Forbidden? Magic In Rome-Ulrike Riemer The Great Magical Papyrus Of Paris (PGM IV) And The Bible-Pieter W. Van Der Horst; The Eighth Book Of Moses (Pleid. J 395): Hellenistic Jewish Influence In A Pagan Magical Papyrus- Bert Jan Lietaert; Peerbolte.
For those interested in magic in the specific context this collection includes, this book gives an up-to-date overview of the research on the topic. Like a kaleidoscope it presents views and in that way the title of the volume expresses itself: it's a kind of magic.--Sanford Lakoff
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T. & T. Clark Publishers
Library of New Testament Studies
Understanding Magic in the New Testament and Its Religious Environment
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Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Michael Labahn
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