Sources & Sorcery

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

‘Read with care and precision, dear reader, and you will marvel and will not be sorry.’ So advises a Latin note scribbled in 1550 by a Benedictine monk into his copy of Cornelius Agrippa’s De occulta philosophia (1533), a book promising full reform of the ‘sublime and sacred science’ of magic. Alas, not everyone was […]

From Cult to Church

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

‘Even when Jesus was small, the villagers realized there was something unusual about him,’ observes Catherine Nixey in the opening of her new book. She considers a couple of possible reasons for this, and then proposes: ‘Or perhaps it was because he killed people.’ That’s how she introduces the apocryphal Infancy Gospel of Thomas, which […]

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