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Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power

Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power

by Marvin W. Meyer, Richard Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691004587

ISBN-13: 9780691004587

Pub. Date: 03/15/1999

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This thought-provoking collection of magical texts from ancient Egypt shows the exotic rituals, esoteric healing practices, and incantatory and supernatural dimensions that flowered in early Christianity. These remarkable Christian magical texts include curses, spells of protection from "headless powers" and evil spirits, spells invoking thunderous powers,

Overview

This thought-provoking collection of magical texts from ancient Egypt shows the exotic rituals, esoteric healing practices, and incantatory and supernatural dimensions that flowered in early Christianity. These remarkable Christian magical texts include curses, spells of protection from "headless powers" and evil spirits, spells invoking thunderous powers, descriptions of fire baptism, and even recipes from a magical "cookbook." Virtually all the texts are by Coptic Christians, and they date from about the 1st-12th centuries of the common era, with the majority from late antiquity. By placing these rarely seen texts in historical context and discussing their significance, the authors explore the place of healing, prayer, miracles, and magic in the early Christian experience, and expand our understanding of Christianity and Gnosticism as a vital folk religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691004587
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/15/1999
Series:
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology Series
Edition description:
With a New afterword by the editors
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
803,795
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1Ritual Power in Egypt
Ch. 1Old Coptic Texts of Ritual Power
Ch. 2Greek Texts of Ritual Power from Christian Egypt
Ch. 3Ritual Power in Coptic Gnostic Texts
Pt. 2Coptic Spells of Ritual Power
Ch. 4Healing Spells
Ch. 5Protective Spells
Ch. 6Sexual Spells
Ch. 7Curses
Ch. 8Spells with Other Applications
Pt. 3Coptic Handbooks of Ritual Power
Ch. 9Collections of Recipes
Ch. 10A Portfolio of Spells from the British Library
Ch. 11The Coptic Hoard of Spells from the University of Michigan
Ch. 12The Coptic Book of Ritual Power from Leiden
Ch. 13A Coptic Book of Ritual Power from Heidelberg
Afterword
AppPreviously Unpublished Coptic Texts of Ritual Power in the Beinecke Library, Yale University
Textual Notes
Glossary
Illustration Credits
Bibliography

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