An Aramaic Magic Bowl for Fertility and Success in Childbirth: Lisboa, Museu da Farmácia (Lisbon, Pharmacy Museum), Inv. No. 10895

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This article presents the editio princeps of an Aramaic magic bowl housed in the Pharmacy Museum (Museu da Farmácia), Lisbon. It contains a spell that seeks to grant success in conception and childbirth for Mihranahid daughter of Aḥat. The spell includes what may be the earliest attested quotation of Gen. 30.22, as well as the often-quoted Zech. 3.2. It also contains an unambiguous rendering of the ‘Your face is the face’ formula.




M. Jastrow, A Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature (London: Luzac & co., 1903) p. 290.


See D.M. Salzer, Die Magie der Anspielung: Form und Funktion der biblischen Anspielungen in den magischen Texten der Kairoer Geniza (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010) pp. 33, 68.


As published by Shaked in Bohak, ‘From Qumran to Cairo’, pp. 46–51.


See the discussion in H. Juusola, Linguistic Peculiarities in the Aramaic Magic Bowl Texts (Helsinki: Finnish Oriental Society, 1999) pp. 44–52.


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    Inv. No. 10895, courtesy of Paula Basso and the Museu da Farmácia, Lisbon

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