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Magic Spells and Formulae

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Magnes Press 1993

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Since the publication of Amulets and Magic Bowls, several additional magic texts have come to the attention of the authors. This volume comprises a new collection of 17 Palestinian metal amulets, accompanied by 14 Babylonian incantations on earthenware bowls, and 21 magic texts from the Cairo Geniza. As in Amulets and Magic Bowls, all texts are presented with translations, commentaries, and photographs. The amulets are also reproduced in facsimile drawings. The book contains an introduction which deals with the relationship between liturgy and magic, as well as medicine and magic.

With the Logos edition, this resource is fully integrated with the rest of your digital library. Links to original language texts, dictionaries, and other historical documents—such as the Amarna Letters—are only a click away! Magic Spells and Formulae is an important addition to the libraries of Old Testament and Near Eastern scholars, and is ideal for anyone looking to understand more deeply the historical and cultural context of the Old Testament.

Key Features

  • Examines some specific problems of Jewish magic in Late Antiquity
  • Presents translations, commentaries, and photographs
  • Includes bibliographical references, a glossary, and detailed indices

Product Details

  • Title: Magic Spells and Formulae
  • Authors: Shaul Shaked and Joseph Naveh
  • Publisher: Magnes Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 296

About the Authors

Shaul Shaked is a professor of Iranian studies and comparative religion at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests include Zoroastrianism religion in the Sasanian period, the transmission of symbols, themes, and ideas from Sasanian Iran to Islam, early Judeo-Persian language and literature, magical literature in late antiquity and in early Islam.

Joseph Naveh is a professor emeritus of West Semitic Epigraphy and Paleography at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has written numerous books and articles on ancient West Semitic inscriptions and scripts.