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Judah Halevi: Astral Magic and Esoteric Writing
The Thought and Literary Style of Judah Halevi
A Divine v. an Astral Source
Ancient Wisdom
Abraham ibn Ezra: Mysteries and their Interpretation
Astral Magic and Idolatry
The Astral Magic Mystery
Expanding the Magic-Astral Exegesis
The Foundations of the Maimonidean Controversy
Two Kinds of Magic
A Hidden Polemic?
Experiential Knowledge and Astral Magic
Reactions
Criticism of Maimonides’ Position
Influence and Rejection
A Representative Secret: Evidence of Disciples and Colleagues
The Split within the Circle of Nahmanides’ Interpreters
The Theurgic Model
The Magic-Astral Model
Astral Magic in the Writings of Rashba and Ritba
Conclusions
Drawing Down Spirituality
Astral Magic as a Real Science
Magic-Astral Interpretation
Distinctions
Reasons for the Commandments
The Magic-Astral Mystery of the Torah
Tabernacle, Temple and Sacrifices
Demons as Astral Forces
Critique
Demons as Creatures of Fancy
Demons as the Spirituality of the Stars
Positions in the Debate over Magic
External Influences
Four Positions
Twofold Prohibition: The Moderate Rationalists
Between Astrology and Astral Magic
The Means Becomes the End
A Threefold Prohibition
Between Theory and Practice
Effigies, Images and Divination: An Intermediate Position
Psychological Utility
The Popular Belief
Astral Magic as a Theological Factor
The Background to the Controversy
The Controversial Issues
The Scapegoat
Dietary Laws
Wandering
Receptiveness and Moderation
Elitism and Esoteric Writing
Limits and Environment
Unique Features
An Unknown Science
Science or Craft?
Magic of the Name
An Intermediate Position
Common Features
Astral Magic and Communion
Conjunction with God through Magical Means
Astral Magic and Segullot
Astral Magic and Esotericism
Astral Magic v. Other Magic
The Harmonistic Approach: Moskoni
Negation: Comtino
Magic and Kabbalistic Abundance: Ephraim ben Gershon
Magic and a Developmental Outlook
Magic and Esotericism in Judaism
Wavering between Traditions
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Astral Magic in Medieval Jewish Thought by Dov Schwartz

Astral Magic in Medieval Jewish Thought by Dov Schwartz

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