ancient jewish magick leture feb 2022 dr rietveld


This virtual lecture “Ancient Jewish Magic.” was presented on February 24, 8 p.m. by Dr James Rietveld via Zoom.
In this lecture we view magic through the lense of Judaism using sources such as the Hebrew Bible, written works of the Ancient Babylonian Community, Hellenistic and Roman writings, all the way through the Middle Ages.
Reading from magical papyri sources we will learn how rituals and spells were performed, the magic of the Jewish household, Jewish protection amulets, the mystical elements of the Kabbalah, the lore of Lilith, and the legend of the Golem.
We will also discuss early Christian scholar John Chrysostom’s denouncements and attempts to prevent 4th century Christians from taking part in popular Jewish festivals and customs.
Join us for this fascinating lecture of Judaism’s rich cultural tradition of magic which informs much on modern occultism, and on which many customs and spiritual practices are based.
Dr. Rietveld is a professor at California State University, Fullerton, CA and Cal Poly, Pomona, CA of History, Anthropology and Religion. His specialties include the History of Christianity in the Early, Medieval and Byzantine periods, New Testament Studies and Greco-Roman religions. Dr. Rietveld is author of two books.
He received his PHD from Claremont School of Religion and is the author of two books
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