Ancient Magic and Ritual Power

Ancient Magic and Ritual Power

by Marvin Meyer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0391041525

ISBN-13: 9780391041523

Pub. Date: 11/06/2001

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

This volume contains a series of provocative essays that explore expressions of magic and ritual power in the ancient world. The essays are authored by leading scholars in the fields of Egyptology, ancient Near Eastern studies, the Hebrew Bible, Judaica, classical Greek and Roman studies, early Christianity and patristics, and Coptology.
Throughout the book the

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This volume contains a series of provocative essays that explore expressions of magic and ritual power in the ancient world. The essays are authored by leading scholars in the fields of Egyptology, ancient Near Eastern studies, the Hebrew Bible, Judaica, classical Greek and Roman studies, early Christianity and patristics, and Coptology.
Throughout the book the essays examine the terms employed in descriptions of ancient magic. From this examination comes a clarification of magic as a polemical term of exclusion but also an understanding of the classical Egyptian and early Greek conceptions of magic as a more neutral category of inclusion.
This book should prove to be foundational for future scholarly studies of ancient magic and ritual power.

This publication has also been published in hardback (no longer available).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780391041523
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/06/2001
Series:
Religions in the Graeco-Roman World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
486
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.41(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Selected Bibliography8
ITrading Places13
IIExcluding the Charming: The Development of the Greek Concept of Magic29
IIIThe Religious, Social, and Legal Parameters of Traditional Egyptian Magic43
IVHittite Military Rituals63
VRitual Meals in the Hittite Cult77
VIMagical Uses of Ancient Mesopotamian Festivals of the Dead93
VIIThe "Witch" of En-Dor, 1 Samuel 28, and Ancient Near Eastern Necromancy111
VIIIThe Magician as Outsider in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament131
IXCharming Criminals: Classification of Magic in the Babylonian Talmud145
XMagical Piety in Ancient and Medieval Judaism167
XIThe Adjuration of the Prince of the Presence: Performative Utterance in a Jewish Ritual185
XIINew Greek Magical and Divinatory Texts in Berlin209
XIIIGreek Exorcistic Amulets243
XIVSupernatural Assistants in the Greek Magical Papyri279
XVThe Mystodokos and the Dark-Eyed Maidens: Multicultural Influences on a Late-Hellenistic Incantation297
XVI"May she neither eat nor drink": Love Magic and Vows of Abstinence335
XVIIDefining the Dreadful: Remarks on the Greek Child-Killing Demon361
XVIIISinging Away Snakebite: Lucan's Magical Cures391
XIXSatan's Fall in Coptic Magic401
XXMagical Bowls and Manichaeans419
XXIMagic, Women, and Heresy in the Late Empire: The Case of the Priscillianists435
XXIINarrating Power: The Theory and Practice of the Magical Historiola in Ritual Spells457

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