Between magic and religion : Ashkenazi Hasidic piety

  • Excerpt: Hasidic Ashkenazi literature is known to scholars of Jewish religion as one of the most prolific sources of medieval Jewish magic or magical beliefs. This is all the more astonishing as the non esoteric writings of the Hasidey Ashkenaz represent a rather traditional Jewish piety as known to us from talmudic sources. Considering this duality of an almost traditional Jewish piety on the one hand and very distinct magic tenets on the other, we may ask whether the Hasidey Ashkenaz themselves perceived any difference between magic and religion. There are indeed a number of modern historians of religion who completely deny the validity of such a distinction, for in most historical religions magic and religion are in fact intertwined to a certain degree, thus permitting almost no differentiation between the two.

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Author:Karl Erich Grözinger
URN:urn:nbn:de:kobv:517-opus-18595
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe, ISSN 1866-8380 (11)
Document Type:Postprint
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2008/05/23
Year of Completion:1995
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2008/05/23
Source:Mysticism, magic and Kabbalah in Ashkenazi Judaism : international symposium held in Frankfurt a.M. 1991 / ed. by Karl Erich Grözinger. - Berlin [u.a.] : de Gruyter, 1995, S. 28 - 43
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Religionswissenschaft
Dewey Decimal Classification:2 Religion / 29 Andere Religionen / 290 Andere Religionen
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Notes extern:
This paper was first published in:
Mysticism, magic and Kabbalah in Ashkenazi Judaism : international symposium held in Frankfurt a.M. 1991 / ed. by Karl Erich Grözinger. - Berlin [u.a.] : de Gruyter, 1995, S. 28 - 43
ISBN: 3-11-013744-5