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Magic & the Supernatural
The Hebrew Bible condemns certain forms of divination and magic, while celebrating others as behaviors suitable for Israelite heroes.
Can we distinguish a mystical idea from a philosophical one--and mystical practice from magic?
In the Middle Ages, Ibn Ezra, Maimonides, and others debated the legitimacy of astrology.
Complex systems of letter and number substitution yield names for God that have been used for magical and supernatural ends.
In Jewish thought and texts, curses exemplify the belief that speech can have tremendous power.
Ancient artifacts reveal Jewish attitudes toward incantations, demons, and the supernatural.
Making men of clay: Can imitating God extend to the creative realm?
Belief in the power of amulets persisted widely among Jews for many centuries, and still exists in some communities today.
Throughout history, Jews have been suspicious of manticism and clairvoyance, while still practicing many diviner's arts.