Between Worlds: Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Aug 31, 2011 - Religion - 288 pages
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Adopting a comparative historical approach, J. H. Chajes uncovers a strain of Jewish belief to which scant attention has been paid. Between Worlds provides fascinating descriptions of cases of possession as well as analysis of the magical techniques deployed by rabbinic exorcists to expel the ghostly intruders.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Emergence of Dybbuk Possession
11
2 The Dead and the Possessed
32
3 The Task of the Exorcist
57
4 Dybbuk Possession and Womens Religiosity
97
5 Skeptics and Storytellers
119
Arrival
139
Spirit Possession Narratives from Early Modern Jewish Sources
141
Notes
181
Bibliography
245
Index
267
Acknowledgments
277
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About the author (2011)

J. H. Chajes teaches Jewish history at the University of Haifa.

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