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Jew Magic

Jew Magic is one of the oldest and most common forms of magic. Ancient Jewish Magic should be studied from many different disciplinary perspectives in order to appreciate the full spectrum of its disciplines. Many Jewish magical texts exist, and a thorough investigation and identification of textual parallels and sources, along with an analysis of their textual transmutations, would take years, but it is—in and of itself—only a single aspect.

In Jew Magic, the kinds of magical techniques used in ancient Jewish magic and the purposes for which they were used, including the incorporation of the materia magica, is another area that is extensive enough to easily consume a lifetime of research and further documentation.

The sociology behind the magic, or at its base, the practitioners, followers or believers, and the remuneration for the services rendered has never been completely revealed and is an area of interest for some. In this area, the motivations behind both sides have often been pondered, but insufficient information has been uncovered to provide an adequate analysis and subsequent results.

Jew Magic resembles many of the magical beliefs and practices of other cultures over the course of many historical periods with the most remarkable of its features probably being its documentation, its mathematical foundations, its level of structure, and its association with Talmudic organizationalism. The magic of the ancient Jewish people was similar in many respects to its formal religious structure and it is easy to imagine how frequent overlaps might occur. This is supported in part by the stories in the old testament and many Christian writings from the first few centuries of this common era.

There has been much debate over the years as to the means and methods employed in the early magic of the Jews as to the procedures, formulae, and effects, but little if any is certain. Naturally, far more is known about the means and methods than the actual effects or results of their efforts, but again, there always seems to be an overlap between their magic and their religion. Could it be the two are closer than we might imagine?

The Jewish and non-Jewish magical traditions of the past must always be approached historically, starting at the first records of development and practice and following its flow through time. Ancient Jewish magic, from the Second Temple period to the Muslim conquest and the roots of the earlier phenomena that led to those that arose along the way, from an historical approach, present differing magical structures.

In Jew Magic, there are many areas that need for further research. Research that might prove to serve as astrong and solid foundation for future studies of ancient Jewish magic. The discovery and publication of any new sources and further analysis of the ones we already have, would doubtless lead us closer to our goal. It is certainly a topic worthy of deeper investigation.

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