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By Moshe Idel

Idel's thesis is that the function of the golem inspiration in Judaism was once to confer a superb prestige to the Jewish elite through bestowing it with the aptitude of supernatural powers deriving from a profound wisdom of the Hebrew language and its magical and mystical values. This publication is the 1st accomplished therapy of the complete variety of fabric facing construction of the golem starting with overdue antiquity and finishing with the trendy time. the writer explores the connection among those discussions and their ancient and highbrow frameworks. due to the fact that there has been within the medieval interval numerous traditions in regards to the golem, it's believable to imagine that the thoughts for developing this creature constructed a lot previous. This presentation makes a speciality of the right options for developing a man-made human, a topic formerly overlooked within the literature. an entire survey of the conceptions of the golem in North ecu and Spanish literature in medieval time permits not just a greater figuring out of this phenomenon, but in addition of the background of Jewish magic and mysticism within the heart a long time. The Jewish and Christian remedies of the golem within the renaissance are explored as a part of the renaissance trouble for human nature.

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99. , Book 3 , chapter 57, p. 126; The Clementine Homilies, Homily 2, chapters 32, 34, p. 235; Homily 4, ch. 4, p. 252. See also Butler, (n. 1 above), pp. 80-82; Fossum, The Name of God and the A ngel of the Lord, pp. 1 13-114 and Scholem, "The Idea of the Golem," p. 172. 1 1 . A violent death was conceived as a way to prepare the soul of the mur­ dered person to accomplish magical acts. 1anan Alemanno mentioned the view 8 Ancient Traditions of some magicians who indicated that by killing someone condemned to a death penalty, when the murdered individual thought about a certain issue, his soul would continue to perform that issue , a fact that was used in order to manipulate the dead.

1-3. 2 . See Bob Brier, Ancient Egyptian Magic (New York, Quil, 1981), p. 170. The following discussion is based on the description of Brier. 3 . See below ch. 2, pars. 3, 1 3 ; ch. 5, par. 5 and ch. 7, par. 1 . 4 . See below c h . 5 , par. 8 and n. 5 8 . 5 . B T Shabbat, fol. l04a. Additional occurrences, i n the versions of the A lphabet of R. �qiva' were indicated by Haim Schwarzbaum, Studies in Jewish and World Folklore (Berlin, 1968), p. 379. See also Liebes, "Christian Influences," p. 60 n.

29. Compare also to R. Eleazar of Worms, Sefer ha-Ifokhmah, p. 1 8 . 8 . Ovid, Metamorphoses 1-2. 9. , Jellinek, Bet ha-Midrasch, vol. 5, pp. XLVIII­ XLIX. 10. The Recognitions of Clement, Book 2, ch. 9, The A nte-Nicene Fathers, vol. 8 (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1951), p. 99. , Book 3 , chapter 57, p. 126; The Clementine Homilies, Homily 2, chapters 32, 34, p. 235; Homily 4, ch. 4, p. 252. See also Butler, (n. 1 above), pp. 80-82; Fossum, The Name of God and the A ngel of the Lord, pp. 1 13-114 and Scholem, "The Idea of the Golem," p.

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