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Jewish Love Magic

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Acknowledgements List of Figures Abbreviations Introduction 1 What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Magic)? A Survey of Ancient Love Magic 1 Historical Background 2 Main Features of Love Magic 3 The Magical Rationale 4 The Uses and Abuses of Love Magic 5 The Silence of the Targets: Reactions to Love Magic and Counter Spells 6 Summary 2 Making Love, Making Hate Practices of Jewish Love Magic 1 Introductory Remarks 2 Magical Practices: An Overview 3 Products of Magical Practices 4 From Theory to Practice 3 Of Loviel and Other Demons The Verbal Aspects of Jewish Love Magic 1 Introductory Remarks 2 Linguistic Aspects 3 Appeals and Demands: The Magical Formulae 4 Literary Devices in the Magical Formulae 5 Magical Signs 4 A Time to Love and a Time to Hate The Temporal Aspects of Jewish Love Magic 1 Written in the Stars 2 The Timing of Magical Practices 3 Temporal References in Magical Products 4 Summary 5 You Shall Not Walk in Their Statutes? The `Jewishness' of Jewish Love Magic 1 Introductory Remarks 2 Prohibited or Permitted Love? The Legitimacy of Love Magic in Judaism 3 Traits of Jewish Love Magic 4 Jewish and Non-Jewish Love Magic: Some Differences 5 Conclusions Summary 1 In the Previous Chapters ... 2 What is Jewish Love Magic? A Second Look Bibliography Index of Manuscripts Index of Subjects

About the Author

Ortal-Paz Saar (Ph.D, 2009, Tel Aviv University) is a cultural historian researching Judaism and its contacts with other religious traditions. Her publications focus on ancient and medieval Jewish magic, and she currently researches Jewish diasporic identity at Utrecht University, Netherlands.

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