A kind of magic: understanding magic in the New Testament by Michael Labahn, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte

By Michael Labahn, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte

This selection of articles through unusual students and specialists of their specific fields of study is brought by way of a bankruptcy facing basic concerns of the present hermeneutics of magic: what's the nature of magic and what's the knowledge of magic within the Western world-view and what - for example - within the African international? based round experiences on Jesus and magic the second one half comprises stories at the use of the time period "magic" within the New testomony and particularly in Acts. The 3rd part broadens the certainty of magic via chosen case experiences in several methods to magic within the atmosphere and historical past of the hot testomony (Old testomony, Qumran, Apuleius, ladies as Magicians). Early Christianity next to the hot testomony develops its personal view of magic, criticizing pagan magic yet now not being uninfluenced by way of magic or magic-like practices. This improvement is a part of the fourth and final bankruptcy of the gathering in addition to diversified papers at the attainable use of Jewish and Christian subject matters in later magical texts. the gathering explores the significance of magic inside of Early Christianity, a subject shared with its previous testomony and Jewish roots and with its historic historical past, implying reluctance and critique. either magical features and the critique of non-Christian magic impact later scripture and nonetheless exert effect now on glossy theoretical dialogue and well known principles. >

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