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A selection of essays on magic and divination in relation to the biblical world, including Mesopotamian demonology, Akkadian literary influences, exorcism, healing, calendars, astrology, bibliomancy, dreams, ritual magic, priestly divination, prophecy, magic in the Christian Apocrypha and the New Testament, magic in rabbinic literature, and Jewish Aramaic magic bowls.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-869-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: May 23,2013
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 330
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61143-869-7
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This collection of essays by participants in the Magic and Divination in the Biblical World research group of the European Association of Biblical Studies represents a wide ranging, analytical, and often unconventional approach to a relatively neglected area within Biblical Studies. These original articles by new and established scholars include Mesopotamian demonology, Akkadian literary influences, exorcism, healing, calendars, astrology, bibliomancy, dreams, ritual magic, priestly divination, prophecy, magic in the Christian Apocrypha and the New Testament, magic in rabbinic literature, and Jewish Aramaic magic bowls.

Helen R. Jacobus holds a Ph.D (2011) in Religions and Theology from the University of Manchester. Her main research areas are calendars, astronomy and astrology in the Dead Sea Scrolls and early Judaism. She is currently an honorary research associate at University College London.

Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme (Ph.D Copenhagen 2011) is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Copenhagen. She has published several articles on rituals and cult in the Hebrew Bible as well as a forthcoming (2013) book on votive practice in the Hebrew Bible and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Philippe Guillaume (Ph.D Geneva 2002) is Privatdozent at the University of Berne and member of the current Jezreel Expedition. His most recent book is Land, Credit and Crisis: Agrarian Finance in the Hebrew Bible (2012).

Front cover: Fish-shaped Megillah (Scroll of Esther), courtesy of the Jewish Museum, London.

This collection of essays by participants in the Magic and Divination in the Biblical World research group of the European Association of Biblical Studies represents a wide ranging, analytical, and often unconventional approach to a relatively neglected area within Biblical Studies. These original articles by new and established scholars include Mesopotamian demonology, Akkadian literary influences, exorcism, healing, calendars, astrology, bibliomancy, dreams, ritual magic, priestly divination, prophecy, magic in the Christian Apocrypha and the New Testament, magic in rabbinic literature, and Jewish Aramaic magic bowls.

Helen R. Jacobus holds a Ph.D (2011) in Religions and Theology from the University of Manchester. Her main research areas are calendars, astronomy and astrology in the Dead Sea Scrolls and early Judaism. She is currently an honorary research associate at University College London.

Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme (Ph.D Copenhagen 2011) is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Copenhagen. She has published several articles on rituals and cult in the Hebrew Bible as well as a forthcoming (2013) book on votive practice in the Hebrew Bible and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Philippe Guillaume (Ph.D Geneva 2002) is Privatdozent at the University of Berne and member of the current Jezreel Expedition. His most recent book is Land, Credit and Crisis: Agrarian Finance in the Hebrew Bible (2012).

Front cover: Fish-shaped Megillah (Scroll of Esther), courtesy of the Jewish Museum, London.

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Contributor Biography

Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme

Anne Katrine Gudme is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible Studies at the University of Copenhagen. She did her doctoral research on votive practice in the Hebrew Bible and the dedicatory inscriptions on Mount Gerizim and she has published several articles on ritual, vows and votive practice in the Hebrew Bible and in Ancient Mediterranean religions.

Helen R. Jacobus

Philippe Guillaume

Ronnie Goldstein

Marian Broida

Heiko Wenzel

Hadi Ghantous

Eleni Soumani

Chaim Marx

Kasper Dalgaard

Anders Petersen

Andras Bacskay

Christa Müller-Kessler

Ida Fröhlich

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Acknowledgments (page 7)
  • Introduction (Helen R. Jacobus) (page 9)
  • Asakku: Demons and Illness in Ancient Mesopotamia (Andras Bacskay) (page 19)
  • Notes on the Presence of Magic within the Hebrew Bible in Light of Akkadian Literature (Ronnie Goldstein) (page 27)
  • Apotropaic Intercession in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East (Marian Broida) (page 37)
  • Magical Healing at Qumran (11Q11) and the Question of the Calendar (Ida Frohlich) (page 57)
  • Calendars in the Book of Esther: Purim, Festivals, Cosmology (Helen R. Jacobus) (page 69)
  • Drawing a Line between Prophecy, Magic and Divination (Heiko Wenzel) (page 95)
  • Dreams in the Hebrew Bible and Wisdom Literature (Eleni Soumani) (page 107)
  • Aaron and the Amazing Mantic Coat (Philippe Guillaume) (page 119)
  • From Mantle to Scroll: the Wane of the Flesh and Blood Prophet in the Elisha Cycle (Hadi Ghantous) (page 137)
  • Drinking Golden Bull: the Erased Ordeal in Exodus 32 (Philippe Guillaume) (page 153)
  • A Kind of Magic? The Law of Jealousy in Numbers 5:11-31 as Magical Ritual and as Ritual Text (Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme) (page 167)
  • Peter and Simon in the Acts of Peter: between Magic and Miracles (Kasper Dalgaard) (page 187)
  • Paul and Magic: Complementary or Incongruent Entities? (Anders Klostergaard Petersen) (page 199)
  • How Biblical Verses Became an Enchantment Against the Evil Eye (Chaim Nathan Marx) (page 229)
  • The Use of Biblical Quotations in Jewish Aramaic Incantation Bowls (Christa Muller-Kessler) (page 245)
  • Bibliography (page 265)
  • Index (page 321)
  • Index of Ancient Sources (page 323)
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