Qumran and magic (Eduardo)

Daryl F. Jefferies djefferi at students.wisc.edu
Fri Mar 9 00:34:31 EST 2001

Eduardo and Jason,

This is an interesting (and technically off-topic discussion)  Armin 
Lange summarizes the Essene use of "magic" as both limited and 
"either sanctified by the Torah or by priestly traditions" (see Armin 
Lange, "The Essene Position on Magic and Divination," in Legal Texts 
and Legal Issues [STDJ 23; Leiden: Brill, 1997, pp. 377ff.]).  That 
"magic" found in the scrolls is not necessarily what we might 
consider  "magic."  Their practices were probably not that 
exceptional for their time.


Daryl Jefferies
djefferi at students.wisc.edu

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