Reddit reviews The Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (A Penguin Classics Hardcover)
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I came across this video and it reminded me of a great book I picked up earlier this year that I haven't seen get much chatter anywhere. I commented about it in the video comments also.
It's called The Book of Magic From Antiquity to The Enlightenment by Brian Copenhaver, which goes through Magic use in the bible, Greco-Roam antiquity, late antiquity, early Christian Europe, the Middle Ages, the early Renaissance, the late Renaissance and the age of science. There's plenty pro magic stuff in the bible also. First page of the first chapter of the above book....
A Wonder-working Contest: Exod. 7:1-8:15
"Before this episode begins, Moses has pleaded his unfitness to speak in God's name before Pharaoh. To assure him and his brother Aaron that they are worthy, God instructs them to challenge Pharaoh's experts to a magic duel, using a mattah - a wand, or perhaps a staff or rod. Opposing the two Israelite heroes are Egyptian mekashfim (sorcerers) and hartumim (magicians) who use latim (mysteries) to make their wands work. When Moses and Aaron defeat the Egyptian wizards, they win not because Egyptian magic is powerless but because the true God makes Israelite magic more powerful - directed by "the finger of God", in the words of the humbled Egyptians. The God of Israel wants to increase his own "portents and wonders", like the signs produced by Moses and Aaron to prove whose God is mightiest: after Aaron turns the Nile into blood, God says, "By this shall you know that I am YVWH."
...and it continues by breaking the story down further.
It breaks down plenty of other bible verses viewed the the magick lens also.
Anybody else have any bible verses that you had some kind of epiphany about after getting acquainted with magick?
It is also a pretty nice looking book, plus a lot of chapters in the beginning are short and succinct, meaning it's easy to get into