hum lec8 - January 25th, 2008 Humanities week 3 lecture 3...

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January 25 th , 2008 Humanities week 3 lecture 3 Magic in the Hebrew Bible Magic is composed of techniques for achieving certain goals through supernatural or mystical cause and effects o Example: natural- put up a fence or cast a spell- to protect your fruits Associated with fraud, illegitimacy, deception, opposition to religion I. Introduction What is Magic? o Objective Definition: you can identify your own practices as boarding supernatural o Subjective Definition II. Categories of Magic Practitioners of Magic (Deut 18:10-11) o Those whose specialty is the prediction of the future o Specialist in various types of magic, sorcerer o Those who contact with ghosts and the dead o The bible doesn’t like them so it doesn’t mention much about them o They were probably popular and important to Israelites Performances of Magic o The body o Magical objects o Magic words Powers of blessings and curses Jacob tricks his dad to give him the blessing Once the blessing is gone to Jacob, there’s no more
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HUMANITIES 2 taught by Professor Edwards during the Winter '08 term at UCSD.

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