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The Figure of the Witch in the Bible and Beyond ONLINE COURSE

The Figure of the Witch in the Bible and Beyond ONLINE COURSE

The Figure of the Witch in the Bible and Beyond ONLINE COURSE

Dr Alinda Damsma

This course will be taking place online.

Once you have purchased this course we will email with the details for the online platform to access the course. You'll be able to use those details to access the live course sessions.

Wednesday 5 May
6 weeks

This 6-week online course takes you on a bewitching journey throughout the Bible. It introduces you to a variety of biblical texts in which the female practitioner of divination and magic has been (mis)understood as a malevolent witch with far-reaching consequences, even up to this present day.

The topics that will be discussed are, for example, the various types of divinatory and magical practices, the sexualization and demonization of the female witch, the gender-stereotype, and the punishment of the witch.

This course further looks at the biblical figure of the witch in the wider context of female divination in the Ancient Near East.

The course concludes with an examination of the way in which these biblical passages were (mis)used in the early modern witch-hunts that festered on the British Isles and beyond, both in the literature and in the art of that period.

We will be recording this course, and will provide replays for those participants who are unable to attend.


Previous participants on Alinda's events say:

"Wonderful! An academic who really knows her stuff!! Interesting & thought provoking!"

"I loved it. Very informative, Alinda is an intelligent woman who has really done some in depth research."

"It was very well presented and interesting."

"Very informative and thought provoking."


We are pleased to be able to offer this course to you live online via Zoom. This means you can join Alinda for classes in the comfort of your own home each week.

All you need to take part is a computer with a webcam and microphone.

We have chosen Zoom as our online classroom as it's very easy to download and use. If you do not have Zoom, visit https://zoom.us/ and sign up for Zoom for free.

On paying for this course, you will receive an email giving the Zoom link to access your classes. Please use the same link for every class. Remember to check your spam folder if you don’t receive this confirmation email in your main inbox.

Please email: admin@collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk if you have any questions. We hope you enjoy the course!

Dr Alinda Damsma

Dr Alinda Damsma is a Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London (UCL). She received her Bachelor and Master of Divinity from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (2003) and her PhD from the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL (2008).

Dr Damsma is currently working on two monographs: (i) an Aramaic grammar of the Zohar, Judaism's most important kabbalistic work, and (ii) a study on the perception of magic, divination, and witchcraft in the English Bible translations, particularly the King James Version and its predecessors, and their impact on the early modern witch-hunts. Her research interests are the Hebrew Bible, Bible translations, Semitics, Egyptology, Jewish mysticism, and magic and witchcraft in biblical & post-biblical times.

Course timetable

05/05/21 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm Week 1
12/05/21 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm Week 2
19/05/21 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm Week 3
26/05/21 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm Week 4
02/06/21 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm Week 5
09/06/21 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm Week 6


Price: £130

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