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The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism

By: Geoffrey W. Dennis
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738709055
English  |  384 pages | 8 x 10 x 1 IN
Pub Date: January 2007
Price: $26.95 US,  $30.95 CAN
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"An erudite and lively compendium of Jewish magical beliefs, practices, texts, and individuals. Geoffrey Dennis serves up a delicious smorgasbord of the irrational, demonstrating that Judaism has been and is not only a rational and legalistic monotheism, but also a rich storehouse of magical traditions that Jews often fail to recognize. This superb comprehensive encyclopedia belongs in every serious library."
Richard M. Golden, Professor of History and Director of the Jewish Studies Program, University of North Texas, and editor of the Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition



"How many books must one browse through to find some simple explanation of an obscure or cryptic concept or terminology while exploring the vast seas of ancient Jewish mystery wisdom? Answer: more books than years in our lives. Solution: The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic, and Mysticism by Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis. Rabbi Dennis has performed a tremendously important service for both the scholar and the novice in composing a work of concise information about aspects of Judaism unbeknownst to most, and intriguing to all. Even if you don't know enough to know what subject or name to look up in this user-friendly encyclopedia, just flipping through the pages will bring you more on-the-spot knowledge than an hour of watching The Discovery Channel. How this modest rabbi managed to stump even me, an expert in Jewish myth and mysticism, is as magical as the book's title claims to be. I am humbled by this work and by the mere thought of what it took to write it, and by the wealth of information it contains."
Rabbi Gershon Winkler, author of Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism




"[M]ore than 1000 uncomplicated and highly engaging A-to-Z entries . . . this will become a valuable reference for religious, cultural, and Judaic studies collections."  --Library Journal





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