Description - Magic in the Biblical World by Todd Klutz
The category "magic", long used to signify an allegedly substantive type of activity distinguishable from "religion", has nearly been dismantled by recent historical and social-scientific approaches to religious studies. While recognising and at times reinforcing this stance, the essays in this collection show that there is still much to be learned about the cultural context of early Judaism and Christianity by analysing ancient texts which either use "magic" as a category for purposes of deviance labelling or promote behaviour of a broadly magico-religious variety. Through sustained engagement with texts ranging from Exodus 7-9 and Acts 8 to the Testament of Solomon and the Late Antique alchemical treatise known as the Cyranides, this volume focuses chiefly on materials that challenge the familiar boundaries between miracle and magic and medicine; yet it also heightens awareness of the way unsuspecting use of a sign such as "magic" can impede critical understanding of texts and their respective contexts of production and reception.
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Author Biography - Todd Klutz
Todd Klutz is Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of Manchester.