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Kabbalah and Magic
(2,500 words)

Many Jews and Christians believed that the Hebrew language was a powerful force of creation and destruction. In the Hebrew Bible, it clearly says that creation occurred through an act of divine speech. When God said, “Let there be light,” there was light, and Psalm 103 claims that “by the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth”. In the Bible, and particularly in Genesis, the word takes on an existence: it assails the chaos and rushes over it; …

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Coudert, Allison P., “Kabbalah and Magic”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000205>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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