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17. The Bible in British Folklore

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1. Title Title of document 17. The Bible in British Folklore - Iconic Books and Texts
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Brian Malley
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion; History
4. Subject Keyword(s) iconic book; religion; tradition; Bible; religious literature
5. Subject Subject classification Sacred texts (HRLC)
6. Description Abstract 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.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-May-2013
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.21421
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Iconic Books and Texts
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd