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Jews And Christians: Magic, Sorcery, Everyday Life, And Popular Piety

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Both Christians and Jews considered the other as being under the dominion of satanic evil forces. Such a predisposition came together with the Judeo-Christian attitude rooted in the biblical view and ultimately concurred with the Roman pagan heritage on another point remarkably crucial for definition of the Self: magic. Sorcerers were accordingly characterized as foreigners while saints performing miracles would be thought of as sharing one's social space. The glimpses Chronicle provides of everyday life enable us to add to the sketchy emerging picture and may serve as a starting point for more thorough investigation. Some patterns of popular piety definitely rooted in the inherited lore were not discarded by the introduction of the Babylonian worldview: the practice of pilgrimage to Jerusalem and financial support for the tiny groups of Jews in the Holy City.

Keywords: Christians; Jews; magic; popular piety; sorcery



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