Wednesday, October 10, 2007

IN THE MAIL -- a review copy of:
Maureen Bloom, Jewish Mysticism and Magic: An Anthropological Perspective. (New York/Oxford: Routledge, 2007)

Providing a unique anthropological perspective on Jewish mysticism and magic, this book is a study of Jewish rites and rituals and how the analysis of early literature provides the roots for understanding religious practices. It includes analysis on the importance of sacrifice, amulets, and names, and their underlying cultural constructs and the persistence of their symbolic significance.