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About Amulets and Magic Bowls: Aramaic Incantations of the Late Antiquity


Amulets and magic bowls are part of a long-standing tradition of magic in the Near East. They were used to protect the home and inhabitants of the home from evil and disease as well as to arouse love. Texts taken from these items provide insight into the society, religion and culture of pagans and Jews during the early Christian era which corresponds to that of the Talmudic period. The authors provide reliable material for scholarly study of life during this period.



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