Iconic Books and Texts - Sacred texts (HRLC) - James W. Watts

Iconic Books and Texts - Sacred texts (HRLC) - James W. Watts

17. The Bible in British Folklore

Iconic Books and Texts - Sacred texts (HRLC) - James W. Watts

Brian Malley

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This chapter surveys magical and mantic uses of the Bible as attested in British folklore reports, with an eye to developing a model of the Biblicist tradition as that tradition was received by the British laity. The evidence shows that (1) in contrast to the church’s emphasis on the Bible’s meaning, the laity exploited the Bible’s textual and artifactual properties as supernatural means to practical ends; (2) charmers made use of particular biblical texts, whereas the Bible generally was used in exorcisms, which seem to have remained the purview of clergy; (3) lay traditions about the Bible seem to have been focused on specific issues, though a general uncertainty about what powers Bibles might have is also indicated.

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Malley, Brian. 17. The Bible in British Folklore. Iconic Books and Texts - Sacred texts (HRLC). Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 315-346 May 2013. ISBN 9781781792544. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=21421. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.21421. May 2013

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