Articles By Dr. Alan J. Avery-Peck

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    Dr. Alan J. Avery-Peck

    Alan J. Avery-Peck is the Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies and Chair at Holy Cross University and a prolific author. Dr. Avery-Peck's primary research interest is Judaism in the first six centuries C.E., with particular attention to the literature of Rabbinic Judaism.


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      Astrology in Rabbinic Literature

      The rabbis of the Talmud may have disapproved of astrology, but they did believe in a direct correlation between what occurs on earth and in heaven.

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      Astrology in the Ancient Synagogue

      The use of the zodiac in synagogues from the rabbinic period indicates its symbolic importance in ancient Judaism.

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      Magic vs. Miracle

      The Hebrew Bible condemns certain forms of divination and magic, while celebrating others as behaviors suitable for Israelite heroes.

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      Astrology in Medieval Judaism

      In the Middle Ages, Ibn Ezra, Maimonides, and others debated the legitimacy of astrology.

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      Magic in Rabbinic Judaism

      The rabbis of the Talmud believed that magic was real and legitimate, when performed by sages who used the power of Torah.

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      Magic Bowls

      Ancient artifacts reveal Jewish attitudes toward incantations, demons, and the supernatural.


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