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Talking Heads: Necromancy in Jewish and Christian Accounts from Mesopotamia and beyond
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
Number of Authors: 12019 (English)In: Collectanea Christiana Orientalia, ISSN 1697-2104, E-ISSN 2386-7442, Vol. 16, p. 1-30Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Relations between Jewish and Christian communities in Late Antiquity involved interactions relating to a complex cultural and religious landscape. An intrinsic aspect of the exchange between Jews and Christians refers to attitudes towards pagan communities in their shared environment as a common discourse pertaining to a symbolic construction of the Other. More specifically, a persisting topos was the implication of pagan communities and their respective religious specialists in illicit magical practices including necromancy. In the following, a discussion of testimonies regarding variants of necromantic practices in ancient, rabbinic and Christian sources will explore the dissemination and special characteristics of the different necromantic accounts in Late Antiquity and contextualise this peculiar practice of a divinatory talking head as evidenced in contemporary Jewish and Christian traditions.

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2019. Vol. 16, p. 1-30
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Necromancy, Religion History, Late Antiquity, Rabbinic Tradition, Christian Tradition
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-171803DOI: 10.21071/cco.v16i0.1100ISI: 000475890300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-171803DiVA, id: diva2:1345335
Available from: 2019-08-23 Created: 2019-08-23 Last updated: 2019-08-23Bibliographically approved

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