Amulets and Magic Bowls: Aramaic...

The book contains the texts of all the legible amulets in Aramaic known today as well as 13 unpublished till now bowls. Their study allows us to peak into the religious feelings and practices of common people in the Talmudic period. The book contains a wealth of new material for the history of magic in the Middle East.

Preface scholars material for the study of popular religious life of Jews and pagans in the crucial period which corresponds to that of the Talmud. Our primary aim has been to provide philologically reliable material, and not to offer a detailed study of the religious implications of these texts. It is out pleasant task to acknowledge the help received from various institutions and persons in the course of preparing the present study. The following institutions provided us with photographs and allowed us to publish these texts and we should like to extend our thanks to their directors and staff: the Institute of Archaeology and the National University Library of the Hebrew University; the Israel Department of Antiquities; the Israel Museum; Museum of the Flagellation Convent, Jerusalem; the Jewish Historical Museum of Belgrade; the Metropolitan Museum; the New York Public Library; the Geniza ResearchUnit, Cam־ bridge University Library. The persons who made it possible for us to publish texts from their collections are Mr. Victor Barakat, Dr. Reuven Hecht, Mr. Victor Klagsbald, Dr. Wladimir Rosenbaum and Mr. Joseph Sammel. Dr. Amos Kloner and Mr. Zvi Maoz of the Israel Department of Antiquities, the excavators of Horvat Rimmon and Horvat Kanaf, placed at our disposal their finds and their notes. Mme. Helene Lozachmeur has found and put at our disposal the original photos of Amulets 7a and 7b which were used by the late Professor A. Dupont- Sommer. We are very grateful for this help, which came when the book was nearly ready in the press. Several friends and colleagues have given valuable advice. We should like to mention in particular the late Professor G. G. Scholem, as well as J. C. Greenfield, M. Sokoloff, G. Stroumsa and Y. Sussman. Mrs. Ada Yardeni has contributed to this volume much more than drawings and layout; in several places she has improved the readings of the text. Mrs. Tamar Naveh has typed the manuscript and has rendered great assistance in the preparation of the book. Mrs. Miriam Shaked has done the editing of the typescript and prepared it for the press. The staff of the Magnes Press, and in particular its director, Mr. B. Yehoshua, who has taken personal interest in this book, have done their utmost to produce an attractive- looking volume. J e r u s a l e m , F e b r u a r y 1 9 8 4 J. N., S. S. 1 0 Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index

Amulets and Magic Bowls: Aramaic Incantations of the Late Antiquity


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Front Matter Front Cover Front Flap Half Title page Title pageCopyright page Table of Contents LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONSContents PREFACEPREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITIONINTRODUCTIONTEXTS AND COMMENTARYII. Incantation Bowls from MesopotamiaBowl 1Bowl 1Bowl 2Bowl 2Bowl 3Bowl 3Bowl 4Bowl 4Bowl 5Bowl 5Bowl 6Bowl 6Bowl 7Bowl 7Bowl 8Bowl 8Bowl 9Bowl 9Bowl 10Bowl 10Bowl 11Bowl 11Bowl 12Bowl 12Bowl 13Bowl 13III. Amulets and Fragments of Magic Booksfrom the Cairo GenizaGeniza 1Geniza 2Geniza 1Geniza 2Geniza 3Geniza 3Geniza 4Geniza 4Geniza 5Geniza 5Geniza 6Geniza 6Geniza 7Geniza 8Back Matter Bibliography, Glossary and IndicesABBREVIATIONSBIBLIOGRAPHYGLOSSARY*INDICESGeneral IndexIndex of WordsIndex of Personal NamesIndex of QuotationsTALMUD, TARGUMMAGICAL TEXTSADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONSREFERENCES CITEDBack Flap Back Cover
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